Bypoll: MCC ward 32 records 47.99% voter turnout

Bypoll: MCC ward 32 records 47.99% voter turnout

Voting units kept at Maharaja Sanskrit Patashala; counting on July 5

The by-election to Mysuru City Corporation’s (MCC) ward 32 held on Sunday registered a turnout of only 47.99% as of the 10,258 voters, only 4,799 exercised their franchise.

In all, five people were in the fray. While JD(S) fielded SBM Manju, Congress party's candidate is B K Prakash and K Madesh is the BJP's candidate. The remaining two are independents. The by-election was necessitated as the membership of JD(S) corporator C Mahadesh, alias 'Avva' Madesha, was cancelled after he was convicted in a murder case on February 26, 2016.

Of the 12 voting centres, booth number 340 recorded a highest number of votes with a turnout of 64.75% and booth 333 registered the lowest number of votes with only 25.58% voters casting their votes. While 2,459 men cast their votes, 2,464 women exercised their franchise.

Though the process of voting commenced as per the schedule at all the centres at 7 am, it picked up only after 11 am. While only 535 voters cast their vote between 7 am and 9 am, as many as 1,483 voters exercised their franchise up to 11 am. The voter turnout increased to 3,990 between 7 am and 3 pm. The polling process concluded at 5 pm.

A ballot unit and a control unit were used in each polling station and three polling officers were deputed at each centre. Indelible ink was applied on the little finger of the left hand of voters.

The district administration had made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of by-elections.

Following the polling process, the EVMs were shifted to a strong room at Maharaja Sanskrit Patashala on Sayyaji Rao Road where the counting of votes will be held on July 5.

To ensure free and fair vote counting process, the district administration has banned sale of alcohol between 6 am and 8 pm on July 5.

Heightened security

Of the 12 centres, six were identified as hyper sensitive and police security was intensified across the ward. To ensure free and fair election process, the whole voting process was videographed at all the centres.

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