677 candidates' fate will be revealed by noon

677 candidates' fate will be revealed by noon

Counting would begin at 8 am in 7 centres in DK district

The fate of 677 candidates contesting from 189 wards in seven urban local bodies including the Mangalore City Corporation which lies sealed in the electronic voting machines safeguarded in seven strong rooms in Dakshina Kannada district will be revealed today.

All arrangements have been made for the counting of votes of the ULB election which was held for one city corporation, four town municipal councils and two town panchayats on March 7.

The counting process will begin at 8 am, in all the seven counting centres in the district. The counting centres meant for the purpose are, St Rosario English/Kannada Higher Primary School Pandeshwar, Mangalore (Mangalore City Corporation), Mahaveera College Moodbidri (Moodbidri TMC), Bharath English Medium Higher Primary School Ullal (Ullal TMC), Samarthya Sowdha Bantwal (Bantwal TMC), Swami Vivekananda English Medium High School Puttur (Puttur TMC), Belthangady Town Panchayat Office (Belthangady Town Panchayat) and Sullia Taluk Office (Sullia Town Panchayat).

The results are most likely to be announced by 11 am on Monday or at the most the it might go up to noon to get the clear picture.

As many as 677 candidates including 226 female candidates are trying their luck in seven Urban Local Bodies in the distrtict.

The break up of total of number of candidates with men and women in brackets is as follows: Mangalore City Corporation (243, 93); Moodbidri (77, 29), Ullal (93, 31), Bantwal (83, 27), Puttur (88, 31), Belthangady (38, 22) and Sullia (55, 24).

Voting percentage

In the ULB election that was held on March 7, Dakshina Kannada district registered 4.2 per cent increase in the total poll compared to that of the ULB election held in 2007.

   If the district had registered 62.19 polling in 2007, the district registered 66.21 polling this time.

As many as 3,06,636 voters of the total 4,60,381 voters, exercised franchise on the polling day. During this poll, it is significant to note the slight increase in the number of voters too which would also help in writing the fate of candidates. The total polling population in 2007 was 4,59,556, while for the fresh polling it was 4,60,381. 

Counting at Rosario

In the backdrop of counting of polls of the election held for Mangalore City Corporation, at Rosario High School today, a total of 252 government employees including police personnel are deployed for the purpose.

It includes 48 supervisors, 48 Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) suppliers, 96 counting assistants, 12 tabulators, 12 tabulator assistants, 24 Returning Officers and AROs, 12 assistants to 12 rooms and 12 police who will function at the counting venue.