Widespread complaints about names missing from voters list

Around 70 per cent of voters exercised their franchise to elect 4,867 councillors in 207 urban local bodies (ULBs) across the State on Thursday. Barring a few minor incidents of voters protesting against missing names from the electoral rolls, the polling was peaceful.

Elections were not held in Terdal Town Municipal Council (TMC) in Bagalkot district as the people boycotted the poll process protesting against the town not being made a taluk headquarters. In all, 85 candidates were elected unopposed. The highest number was in Belgaum district (26) including 11 in Sankeshwar TMC that has 23 wards. Thirteen candidates were elected unopposed in Bhatkal TMC in Uttara Kannada district. Reacting to complaints about missing names, State Election Commissioner C.R. Chikkamath told The Hindu that the last date to file objections on the voters’ list was December 31, 2012.

Those who did not raise objections at that time should not complain now, he said. Mr. Chikkamath said the electoral rolls for Assembly segments were different from those of ULB polls.

An official on poll duty in Badami TMC was recalled after voters alleged that he was working for a political party.

The police registered cases under different sections of the Indian Penal Code against BJP councillor Ramanand Upadhyay, who is a candidate in ward no. 45 of the Gulbarga City Corporation, following violence in different parts of the ward . There was 70 per cent polling in the district which has eight ULBs. The polling in Bidar district, which has six ULBs, was about 67 per cent.

Polling officials in the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had to literally sweat it out after ceiling fans were removed from booths as it was the symbol of the BSR Congress.

Kolar Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath said disciplinary action would be initiated against Srinivasa Babu, an assistant linesman with Bescom, for allegedly working as a polling agent in Srinivasapura TMC. Over 72 per cent voters exercised their franchise in six ULBs in Kolar district.

In Hassan district, about 65 per cent voters exercised their franchise for eight ULBs. Voting had to be stopped for 55 minutes at a polling booth under Jeppu ward in Mangalore City Corporation in the morning owing to faulty electronic voting machines.

About 67 per cent voters exercised their franchise in seven ULBs in Dakshina Kannada district.

  • Ceiling fans removed in booths in Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation as it is a party symbol

  • Official on duty in Badami TMC recalled after he was found to be working for a political party