Barring a few skirmishes, polling for the the urban local body (ULB) elections passed off smoothly across the district on Friday. According to early estimates, an average of 67 per cent of voters in the district chose their representatives.

This figure is likely to go up as data is still being compiled, according to election officials.

Bhalki recorded 76 per cent polling, followed by Chitguppa (75 per cent), Humnabad (73 per cent), Basavakalyan (66 per cent), Aurad (57 per cent) and Bidar (56 per cent).

Two candidates got into an altercation outside a booth in Ward 20 on Thursday. One of them accused the other of intimidating agents of other parties. The police arrived and dispersed the mob that had gathered.

Minor glitches were reported in the use of the electronic voting machines (EVM) in some booths. A mobile squad of EVM technicians repaired them within minutes, officials said.

Boycott

On Thursday morning, around 300 residents of Chitkhan Colony in the old city said they would boycott polling. They said that the colony lacked basic amenities, and most of their shops and houses had been demolished during road-widening work. “We have lost all our savings in rebuilding them. The road in our lane has not been repaired for decades. We have no proper drains or sewage lines. Drinking water supply is irregular,” they said.

“We have complained to our councillor and officials several times, but in vain,” Nazreen Begum, a resident of the colony, told presspersons.

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