As many as 73.76 per cent of voters exercise their franchise in the elections to the 16 urban local bodies (ULBs) in the district on Thursday.

However, turnout was less than 54 per cent in Belgaum, for elections to the city corporation council.

Officials at the district election office said that except for stray incidents of altercations between supporters of various candidates, polling was peaceful across the district. An argument between two former councillors at Khanjergalli in ward no. 35 gave the police some tense moments.

However, there were several instances of names and photos missing from the voters list, or there being multiple entries, leaving voters disappointed and angry.

Names missing

A.Y. Patgundi, former tahsildar, said he had applied for change of address after his retirement, but when he went to the polling station at Hanuman Nagar under ward no. 40, he found his name missing from the list.

He rushed to his old polling station at Visvesvaraya Nagar where election staff confirmed that his name was deleted, but not included in the list for Hanuman Nagar.

The list showed a name of a woman who died four years ago, but not those who were alive, complained G.K. More, whose name too was missing.

Amar, who would have voted for the first time from Rani Chennamma Nagar, said he went from one polling station to another for nearly four hours to find his name in the voters list, but finally gave up.

Some voters said their names were missing from the list although they were included in the ones uploaded online.

Unopposed

Polling was conducted on Thursday for 366 of the 392 wards under 16 ULBs, as 26 contestants were elected unopposed.

This included two members of the Belgaum City Corporation council, four to Hukkeri Town Panchayat, 11 to Sakeshwar Town Municipal Council, two to Gokak City Municipal Council, two to Mudalgi Town Municipal Council, one to Konnur Town Panchayat and four to Sadalga Town Panchayat.


  • It was less than 54 per cent for elections to the Belgaum City Corporation council

  • Twenty-six candidates elected unopposed across the district


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