Residents of Hunasakatte boycott elections
Hunasakatte villagers allege discrepancies in delimitation exercise
Sixty per cent turnout reported in the district till 3 p.m.
SHIMOGA: Barring some stray incidents, polling in the gram panchayat elections in Shimoga district was peaceful on Saturday.
Sixty per cent turnout was reported in the district till 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Voters were seen lining up outside polling booths to exercise their franchise.
Some had to return without exercising their franchise as their names were not found in the electoral rolls.
According to sources, voters of Hunasakatte in Bhadravati taluk boycotted the polls, alleging discrepancies in the delimitation exercise.
No voter turned up at the polling booths here. Irate villagers staged a protest and blocked a road.
According to villagers, rules allowed one representative for every 400 people. But, despite having as many as 1,200 voters in the district, they had been given the opportunity to elect only one representative, they claimed.
Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey and senior police officers visited Hunasakatte and discussed the matter with the villagers.
The villagers withdrew their protest, but did not cast their vote.
The taluk-wise voting percentage in the district, till 3 p.m. on Saturday was 60 in Shimoga taluk; 58 in Bhadravati taluk; 62 in Shikaripur; 60 in Sagar; 55 in Sorab; 50 in Hosanagar and 62 in Tirthahalli taluk.