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66.83 per cent polling in Hassan district

Staff Correspondent
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Long queues were seen outside polling booths in Hassan on Thursday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan
Long queues were seen outside polling booths in Hassan on Thursday.— Photo: Prakash Hassan

Polling for eight urban local bodies in Hassan district was peaceful on Thursday. The voters’ turnout was 66.83 per cent till 3 p.m. In Hassan city, it was 59.20 per cent.

Electronic voting machines (EVM) developed technical problems in some polling booths and a few voters complained that their names were missing from the electoral roll.

The turnout in Arsikere Town Municipal Council was 61.06 per cent, Channarayapatna 64 per cent, Holenarsipur 60.93 per cent, Sakleshpur 69.05 per cent, and Belur 68 per cent. It was 81.74 per cent in Arkalgudu Town Panchayat and 69.71 per cent in Alur.

Some voters had to move around polling stations to find their names in the list. They blamed the district administration for the discrepancies.

The serial number in the slips distributed by party activists turned out to be different from the list given to polling officers in some booths.

A few voters in ward no. 3 in Hassan city alleged that their names were missing from the list though they had been voting in the same locality for many years.

A common grouse among voters was that they had to go around booths to find their names in the list. Bedre. N. Manjunath of Kuvempu Nagar in Hassan said: “As I don’t want to miss an opportunity to vote, I went around polling stations. Many people may not take this risk.”

Many voters turned up in polling booths in the morning itself, and large queues were seen around polling stations. Supporters of candidates were seen appealing to voters to vote in favour of their leaders with folded hands. Polling was delayed in a booth in ward no. 32 as an EVM developed technical snags. Voting resumed at 9 a.m. after the polling officers decided to extend the polling duration by an hour. The public and supporters of candidates gathered in large numbers near many polling booths around 4 p.m. The sealed EVMs have been kept at the Government First Grade College for Women.


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