Good turnout for teachers’, graduates’ constituency polls

Good turnout for teachers’, graduates’ constituency polls

Voters queue up at a polling booth to exercise their franchise for the Bangalore graduates’ constituency elections on Friday. DH PHOTO

Barring an incident of voter inducement in Kalaburagi, elections to six graduates' and teachers' constituencies in the state concluded on Friday, with the South East teachers' constituency registering the highest 91.84%, while the Bangalore graduates' constituency saw the lowest voting at 64.11%.

The state election commission had extended the voting time by two hours following a request by a political party. Results are set to be announced on June 12, well before the term of the three sitting members, each from the two categories of constituencies, expires on June 21.

Voters lured

A man identified as Bhaskar Reddy was held near a polling booth in Wadi, Chittapur taluk, for distributing silver coins for voting in favour of JD(S) candidate Pratap Reddy, the police said. A case has been registered by the Wadi police.

Minor incidents of verbal clashes between the candidates of different parties were witnessed at some polling booths. Supporters of the BJP and the Congress started shouting slogans at the polling booth in the Bagalgunte BBMP office, leading to a tense situation.

What started off as sloganeering in support of their respective parties led to a shouting match. The police intervened and dispersed them. “You are graduates and supposed to be educated voters. You should not do this,” a police officer told the supporters.

Voting was otherwise peaceful across the state. As many as 35 candidates, 18 from the three major parties, were in the fray. Barring Bengaluru, a majority of the 2.14 lakh voters in the graduates’ constituency turned up. The average percentage from the three teachers' constituencies showed that nearly 85% of the 60,561 voters exercised their franchise.