Huge turnout for GP polls in DK

Huge turnout for GP polls in DK

 Women waiting in a queue to excercise their franchise at a polling booth in Mangalore on Wednesday.  dh photoAccording to the information available at late night, the district has witnessed an approximate 72 to 75 per cent polling. However, the exact figure would be available only on Thursday. The supporters of the candidates were seen helping the aged accross the district.

Objection to umbrellas

In Kemral polling booth in Mulky, the symbol of a candidate was umbrella and another candidate was spectacle. The supporters of these candidates raised objection to the voters carrying umbrella and wearing spectacle while entering polling booth. Finally, the polling official intervened and solved the problem.

When the Congress supported candidates were found distributing the photostat copies with the symbols and carrying the voters in car and auto to the polling booth, BJP supporters objected to it, which created confusion in Kenchanakere polling booth in Mulky. Later, Mulky Inspector Muniswamy Neelakantaiah visited the spot and seized the photostat copies of the symbols.

Symbol confusion

Polling to 26 Gram Panchayats in Sullia taluk was peaceful. MLA S Angara exercised his franchise at Doddathota polling booth in Amaramudnoor village.

The change in symbols caused confusion at Peruvaja polling booth. The model ballot papers given to two candidates by the officials were different from the actual ballot papers. After verification it was found that there was printing mistake in the model ballot papers given to the candidates.

There was confusion in Balila booth when Congress supported agent was noting down the ballot paper numbers. In Nettari, many could not exercise their franchise using ration card, as the ration card did not have the photograph of the individual.

Roof flies

In 102 Nekkiladi polling booth in Puttur, the roof of one room flew way due to heavy wind. As a result, the polling booth was changed.

In Pajeer GP, the incident of impersonation was reported.  Hearing the news BJP supported members took officials to task. Similar incident was witnessed in Konaje Gram Panchayat. In Malar polling booth of Pavoor Panchayat, various political party workers were trying to woo voters, thus creating tense situation.

Later, police rushed to the spot and wielded lathi at the group to bring situation under control.

There was skirmish between Congress and BJP activists at Markanja, Mandekolu, Ubaradka and Doddathota. However, police controlled the situation. In Sevanje, the villagers  dug and blocked the road alleging lack of  development in the areas.

Polls affect bus service

The heat of Gram Panchayat polls were experienced by the bus passengers. As KSRTC buses were deployed for election, the passengers were seen waiting in the bus stop for hours to reach their destination in Subrahmanya. The passengers were seen waiting for the buses to travel to Panja, Ninthikal, Guthigar, Harihara. Some were seen travelling in rented vehicles.

Candle-light in booth

The polling officials were put into hardship owing to the disruption in power supply at Kavu, Mudnur, Eshwaramangala, Perlampady, Badagannur, Ariyadka on Tuesday .
There was no power supply at polling booths in Kadaba, Kombaru, Bilinele, 102 Nekkiladi, Panaje, Eshwaramangala on Wednesday. Some polling booths had lit candles during the polling process.

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