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The First Phase of Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand Elections


Voting for the first phase of the 2014 Assembly polls in Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand was held by and large in a peaceful manner on November 25, barring stray incidents of violence. The phase saw polling for 15 Assembly seats in Jammu and Kashmir and 13 constituencies in Jharkhand. While 123 candidates contested in the first leg of the Assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand had 199 candidates in the fray in this phase.

In most of the 15 constituencies in J&K, voters braved the threat posed by terrorist outfits and the boycott call given by separatist groups to turn out in large numbers to cast their franchise in the first of the five-phase polls in the state. The state recorded around 70 percent polling till 5 pm.

Similarly, in Jharkhand, despite the poll boycott call given by the Maoists, voter turnout was good, totalling 61.92 per cent, in the 13 constituencies, spread across six Maoist-affected districts.

The Election Commission has drawn up a five-phase Assembly election schedule for 81 seats in Jharkhand and 87 seats in Jammu & Kashmir on Nov 25, Dec 2, Dec 9, Dec 14, and Dec 20, respectively.
Map showing the upcoming Elections in India No. of assemblies - 87, Ruling party - JKNC, Chief Minister - Omar Abdullah No. of assemblies - 90, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Bhupinder Singh Hooda No. of assemblies - 70, Ruling party - President's rule, Chief Minister - Vacant No. of pcs - 1, Name of pcs - Beed, No. of assemblies - 288, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Prithviraj Chavan No. of assemblies - 81, Ruling party - JMM, Chief Minister - Hemant Soren Punjab Himachal Pradesh Uttrakhand No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies -Kairana, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan No of assembliess - 1, Name of assemblies - Rajkot West, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Chhattisgarh No of Pcs - 1, Name of Pcs - Kandhama,Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Telangana Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Goa Kerala Puducherry Tamilnadu Bihar Sikkim West Bengal No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Kanubari (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Assam Meghalaya Mizoram No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Hiyanglam, Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Northern Angami-II (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014
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Map showing the Jammu And Kahsmir Elections Phase Wise
Map showing the Jharkhand Elections Phase Wise
Map showing the upcoming Elections in India No. of assemblies - 87, Ruling party - JKNC, Chief Minister - Omar Abdullah No. of assemblies - 90, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Bhupinder Singh Hooda No. of assemblies - 70, Ruling party - President's rule, Chief Minister - Vacant No. of pcs - 1, Name of pcs - Beed, No. of assemblies - 288, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014, Ruling party - INC, Chief Minister - Prithviraj Chavan No. of assemblies - 81, Ruling party - JMM, Chief Minister - Hemant Soren Punjab Himachal Pradesh Uttrakhand No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies -Kairana, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan No of assembliess - 1, Name of assemblies - Rajkot West, Polling date - 15th October, 2014 Results date - 19th October, 2014 Chhattisgarh No of Pcs - 1, Name of Pcs - Kandhama,Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Telangana Andhra Pradesh Karnataka Goa Kerala Puducherry Tamilnadu Bihar Sikkim West Bengal No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Kanubari (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 Assam Meghalaya Mizoram No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Hiyanglam, Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014 No of assemblies - 1, Name of assemblies - Northern Angami-II (ST), Polling date - 15th October, 2014, Counting date - 19th October, 2014
Date of Poll:Phase-INov 25, 2014
Phase-IIDec 2, 2014
Phase-IIIDec 9, 2014
Phase-IVDec 14, 2014
Phase-VDec 20, 2014
Counting Date: Dec 23, 2014
Date of Poll:Phase-INov 25, 2014
Phase-IIDec 2, 2014
Phase-IIIDec 9, 2014
Phase-IVDec 14, 2014
Phase-VDec 20, 2014
Counting Date: Dec 23, 2014
Phase II polling : 2nd December
Phase – III Important Notifications
EventJ & K and Jharkhand
Issue of NotificationNov 14, 2014
Last date of nominationNov 21, 2014
Date of ScrutinyNov 22, 2014
Last date of withdrawalNov 24, 2014
Date of PollDec 9, 2014
Date of CountingDec 23, 2014
Date of CompletionDec 29, 2014
Constituencies going for Election
J & KJharkhand
Uri, Sopore, Rafiabad, Pattan, Beerwah, Khansahib, PamporeBarkatha, Kodarma, Mandu, Gomia, Ranchi, Silli, Ichagarh
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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the high voter turnout in the state assembly polls is a success of democracy.He filed his nomination papers for the Sonawar assembly constituency in Srinagar district Wednesday. "High turnout in voting yesterday (Tuesday) is success of democracy, but we should wait for all election phases we should not give it hype sitting in studios. People on the ground know how tough it is," he told media persons after filing his papers.(IANS)

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Opposition corners government in Rajya Sabha on black money

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Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir Assembly (Vidhan Sabha) Elections Date

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  • NDAWon
  • BJP282
  • TDP16
  • SHS18
  • SAD4
  • PMK1
  • Others18
  • Total336
  • UPAWon
  • INC44
  • RJD4
  • NCP6
  • RLD0
  • JMM2
  • Others3
  • Total59
  • Third FrontWon
  • CPM9
  • CPI1
  • RSP(A)0
  • AIFB0
  • SP5
  • Others72
  • Total87
  • All OthersWon
  • AIADMK37
  • AITC34
  • TRS11
  • YSRCP9
  • AAP4
  • Others3
  • Total98
  • Odisha
  • PartyWon
  • BJP10
  • BJD116
  • INC15
  • Others4
  • Sikkim
  • PartyWon
  • BJP0
  • SDF22
  • INC0
  • Others10
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