58 in the fray in 8 Assembly constituencies in DK

A total of 58 candidates are in the fray for the upcoming Legislative Assembly elections in the eight constituencies of the district.

Eight candidates withdrew their candidature on Friday as it was the last date for the withdrawal of nomination papers.

Briefing reporters at the DC’s court hall on Friday, District Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said that out of the 11 nominations received in Belthangady, 10 were accepted and one was rejected. Prasad Kumar withdrew his nomination paper and there are six candidates in the fray. They include K Vasanth Bangera (Congress), Sumathi S Hegde (JDS), Harish Poonja (BJP), Venkatesh Bende (Independent), Jagannath (MEP) and Syed Hussein (Independent), he added.

Twelve out of 14 nominations were accepted in Moodbidri. Two nominations were rejected and there are seven candidates in the fray. They are K Abhaychandra Jain (Congress), Umanath Kotian (BJP), Jeevan Krishna Shetty (JDS), K Yadav Shetty (CPM), Ashwin Jossy Pereira (Independent), Reena Pinto (Independent) and Abdul Rehman (MEP).

In Mangaluru City North, nine nominations were accepted and two were rejected. After D P Ammabba withdrew his candidature, seven candidates are in the fray. They are Suresh B Salian (Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha), Mohiyuddi Bava (Congress), Dr Y Bharath Shetty (BJP), Muneer Katipalla (CPM), P M Ahmed (MEP), Supreth Kumar Poojary (Lok Awaz Dal) and Maxim Pinto (Independent).

Eighteen out of 19 nominations were accepted and one nomination was rejected in Mangaluru City South constituency. Patrick Lobo and Maxim Pinto have withdrawn their nominations. The total number of candidates in the fray is 11. They are J R Lobo (Congress), Sunil Kumar Bajaal (CPM), D Vedvyas Kamath (BJP), Ratnakar Suvarna (JDS), Mohammed Iqbal (MEP), Reena Pinto (Independent), Dharmendra (Akhila Bharatha Hindu Mahasabha). Along with them, Independent candidates Madan M C, R Srikar Prabhu, Supreth Kumar Poojary and Mohammed Khaled. 

In Mangaluru constituency, all 12 nomination papers filed by five candidates have been accepted. No candidate was rejected or withdrew their candidature. A total of five candidates in the electoral fray. They are Nithin Kuttar (CPM), Santhosh Kumar Rai (BJP), U T Khader (Congress), K Ashraf (JDS) and Usman (MEP).

In Bantwal, 11 out of 13 nominations were accepted and two were rejected. Abdul Majid Khan and Muhammed Riaz have withdrawn their nominations, making the total number of candidates five. They are B Ramanath Rai (Congress), Rajesh Naik (BJP), Ibrahim Kailar (Independent), Balakrishna Poojary (Lok Awaz Dal) and Shameer (MEP).

Out of the 15 nominations, 13 were accepted and two were rejected in Puttur. One candidate's nomination paper was rejected and Mohammed Ashraf Kallega has withdrawn his candidature. There are 11 candidates in the fray. They are Shakunthala Shetty (Congress), Sanjeev Matandoor (BJP), Shekar B (Praja Parivarthan Party), M Sheshappa Rao (Janata Party), I C Kailas (JDS), Shabana S Sheik (MEP), and Majeed (JDU). Along with them independent candidates Abdul Basheer, Vidyashree, B S Chethan Kumar and Amarnath B K.

In Sullia, all seven nominations filed have been accepted. Ramesha has withdrawn his nomination and there are six candidates in fray. They are: Angara S (BJP), Dr B Raghu (Congress), Raghu (BSP) and Independent candidates Sanjeev Baburao Kurnad, Sundara K and Chandrashekar K.

17,11,848 voters

Stating that the final ballot list will be prepared soon, the DC said that 2,699 ballot units, 2,262 control units and 2,608 VVPAT machines are ready. The units include enough number of standby units as well. Out of 1,858 polling booths, 68 are auxiliary booths. Six general observers have arrived in the district.

The final voter count is 17,11,848. Out of these, 8,41,073 are men, 8,70,675 are women and 100 are transgenders. There are 380 service voters, The final round of EPIC card distribution is on. The electors to population ratio is 76.

"A total of 142 complaints were received through Samadhan app and 140 have been disposed-off. The remaining two will be disposed-off soon. Most of the complaints were pertaining to public property defacement and regarding flaws by officials and model code of conduct violations in political party meetings," said Senthil.

Out of 501 applications received under Suvidha app, 479 were disposed-off and 22 are pending for disposal.

"Five vehicles, Rs 11,75,000 cash and 23,428 litres of liquor, and 6.85 kg narcotics have been seized in connection with violation of the model code of conduct. A total of 18 FIRs have been lodged, 291 cases have been registered for violation of excise law," he added.

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