Kolar recorded 86.88 per cent voting whereas turn out was 89.61 per cent in Chikkaballapur, in the Council polls for the south east teachers’ constituency.
In Kolar, most of the teachers turned out to vote whereas some were seen wooing the electorate at the last minute in support of a particular candidate. No untoward incidents were reported.
As per the per cent of voting, Srinivaspur stood first with 93.48 per cent followed with Mulbagal with 92.39 per cent of voting. But voter turn out was comparatively less in Kolar, which has the highest number of voters.
In Kolar out of total 4,100 voters, 2159 men and 1403 women cast their votes.
Sitting Council member Y A Narayanaswamy (BJP), R Chowdareddy (JD(S)), K B Ramalingappa (Congress) and independents, Chowdareddy of Chikkaballapur, S R Chowdareddy, K C Puttasiddashetty, P R Basavaraj from Tumkur, R Rajanna from Chitradurga and B E Sowbhagya from Bangalore contested in the Council polls.
Two booths were set up for the elections in Kolar. But as there was a long queue of voters in the morning, some of them left the place without voting.
Following which, some of the party workers requested the Tahsildar Muniveerappa to set up an additional booth.
The tahsildar immediately directed the setting up and additional booth and an additional official was deployed as a precautionary measure.
“Electoral process was closely watched by the officers of the district and taluk administration and they had taken necessary measures to prevent untoward incidents,” said Dr N Manjula, deputy Commissioner of Chikkaballapur.
Many voters alleged that the supporters were trying to distribute them with ‘electoral goodies’ just before the elections, in Kolar and Chikkaballapur. There were petty incidents of party supporters arguing with each other.
Tight police security was deployed in Kolar and Chikkaballapur to prevent any untoward incident.
Police personnel were seen checking the identity cards of the voters, before they were sent inside the booths.