55 % votes polled in elections to 5 APMCs

Voting peaceful in district, counting of votes on Jan 14

Elections to the five Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees in the district were conducted peacefully here on Thursday. The district has recorded 55% of polling.

Apart from barring of voters who failed to produce their identity cards, no untoward incidents were reported in the district. Though polling began at 8 am, pace picked up only after 10 am. A few booths saw very few voters turning up for voting. By noon, only 20% of polling was recorded. Members of various political parties were seen wooing voters at polling booths, from at a distance.

At Seepura polling booth in Kolar taluk, a few supporters of the Congress tried to vote on behalf of JD(S) candidates, which led to chaos for some time.

During polling for traders’ constituency at the APMC market polling booth in Kolar, a row ensued between the JD(S) and the Congress supporters. Congress supporters wooing voters is said to have triggered a commotion there. MLA Varthur Prakash arrived at the polling booth and tried to pacify the members.

District Superintendent of Police Dr Divya Gopinath also inspected the various polling booths. At least 1,500 police officials had been deputed for bundobust and 500 police staff were on duty.

Former minister K Shrinivas Gowda exercised his franchise at Nukkanahalli polling booth in Kolar taluk and later, visited Sugaturu, Vemagal and Kyalanuru hobli centres and interacted with the party workers.

Elections for total 70 seats for Kolar, Malur, Srinivaspur, Mulbagal and Bangarpet agricultural produce marketing committees were held. The fate of total 181 candidates will be decided on January 14, when the counting of votes will take place.

As many as 369 polling booths had been set up in the district. At lest 76 booths had been set up in Kolar, 74 in Malur, 78 in Bangarpet, 78 in Mulbagal, and 63 in Srinivaspur.

Total 2,33,814 voters exercised their franchise in Thursday’s elections and among them, 1,87,248 are men and 46,566 are women. Mustering and demustering centres have been opened at the Boys’ Government Pre-University College in Kolar, Boys’ Government Pre-University College in Malur, the APMC office in Bangarpet, Government Pre-University College in Mulbagal and Girls’ Pre-University College in Srinivaspur.

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