Polling in C'ballapur largely peaceful

Polling in C'ballapur largely peaceful

Voting was stalled for 3 hrs at Nakkalahalli in Gauribidanur

Voters turned out at the polling booths with excitement and in several villages women seemed to outnumber men in casting their votes. People were seen selling tea, coffee, cool drinks, tender coconut, beetle leaves outside the polling premises.

In the absence of polling booths in a few villages, supporters of candidates were seen transporting voters in vehicles.

According to a few reports gold nose rings, silver articles, sarees and other articles are alleged to have been distribited on Friday night and Saturday morning to lure voters.
According to some sources clash erupted between two groups over distribution of sarees among the voters.

A minor skirmish has also been reported at Iniminchenahalli in the taluk.  Activists of Dalit Sangarsha Samiti (Ambedkar faction) had stalled voting for three hours at Nakkalahalli in Gauribidanur taluk alleging politicking in reserving seats for members belonging to the Scheduled Caste.

At a polling booth in Yarranagenahalli in the taluk the voters reported discrepancies in the voters’ list. Several voters found out that there was a mismatch between their names and photographs.

A 104-year-old Narayanappa cast his vote at Yaluvahalli in the taluk.

Similarly, at Sultanpet Thimmaiah, Narayanamma and Ramakka all above 90 years cast their votes. Tight police security was provided throughout the district. Deputy Commissioner Anwar Pasha, Superintendent of Police Pawar and others visited the various polling booths and supervised the election process.