"Overall 66 percent polling has been registered in the five-phase elections, an increase of nine percent from the previous 2009 elections," Chief Electoral Officer P K Jajoria said at a press conference.
    
This 66 percent polling in five phase election is a record in Jharkhand as the state has not recorded so high polling in any election - assembly or Lok Sabha before after the creation of the state, the CEO said.
    
The fifth and final phase of polling for 16 seats ended peacefully today with no reports of any incidents, recording a massive 70.42 percent polling.
    
The figures could be updated later, EC officials said.
    
The previous four phase polling were held on November 25 (63.26 percent voter turnout), December 2 (68.01 percent), December 9 (63.96 percent) and December 14 (64.63 percent).
    
Altogether 1,136 candidates, including 111 women, contested in the five-phase elections for the total 81 seats with an eligible electorate of 2,08,52,437, including 98,93,540 female voters.
    
Out of the total seats, 28 are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes and nine for the Scheduled Castes. Counting is slated for December 23.

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