Except for a minor incident, polling went on smoothly
Polling time was extended in some booths in Mysore
13,298 candidates were in the fray for 4,080 seats
MYSORE: Elections to the gram panchayats in Mysore and Mandya districts were peaceful, barring a minor incident at Rammanahalli village near Mysore where the police resorted to lathi-charge to disperse two groups engaged in a verbal duel over campaigning by rival candidates, outside the polling booth.
Additional Deputy Commissioner C.G. Betsurmath told The Hindu that the polling was peaceful in the district.
He said the exact district turnout would be known only late in the night when the data from all polling booths in the seven taluks would be tabulated. He estimated the turnout at 70 per cent at 5 p.m.
“Polling time was extended in some booths as several voters were in still queue to exercise their franchise at 5 p.m.” Dr. Betsurmath said.
Taluk-wise poll percentage based on details available at 5 p.m. are as follows: Mysore taluk 65.60 per cent; Nanjangud 65 per cent; Hunsur 63.49 per cent; K.R. Nagar 81 per cent; Periyapatna 75 per cent; H.D. Kote 66 per cent and T. Narsipur 71 per cent.
Superintendent of Police Rama Subbu said that adequate security personnel had been deployed and the elections were largely uneventful.
There were 1,647 polling booths in the district, of which 367 booths had been categorised as sensitive and 291 hyper-sensitive. While there were 12,78,684 registered voters, 13,298 candidates were in the fray for 4,080 seats.
In the fray
According to the district administration, elections were held for 4,300 seats in 235 gram panchayats. A total of 211 candidates were elected unopposed and no nominations were received for nine seats.
Mandya Deputy Commissioner P.C. Jaffer, who is the returning officer, said voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise and polling was brisk at several booths since morning.
Mr. Jaffer said the elections witnessed impressive voter turnout and the voting percentage was around 75.
“Though it takes time to tabulate the poll percentage, it is estimated at 75 per cent based on the details collected when polling concluded,” Mr. Jaffer said.
The turnout is likely to exceed 75 per cent in some polling booths, he added. The Deputy Commissioner said the elections to gram panchayats usually recorded a high voter turnout as personal relations greatly mattered here.
A total of 8,915 candidates were in the fray for 3,365 seats in 228 gram panchayats. While the election for 403 seats was unanimous, elections could not be conducted for four seats as no nominations were not received.
Of the 1,428 polling booths, 238 had been classified as sensitive and 165 hyper-sensitive.
Correspondent from Chamarajanagar writes:
The turnout for the gram panchayat elections held here was 68 per cent. Polling was also peaceful, except for stray incidents of clash among workers from various parties.
Basavaraju (78), contesting for a seat in the Maddur Gram Panchayat in Yelandur taluk, died of a heart attack on the polling day.
A total of 120 gram panchayats in the district went to the polls on Wednesday.
Though polling began at 7 a.m., people started queuing up only by 11 a.m.
Voting was delayed for an hour in Alahalli village, coming under Tagarapur Gram Panchayat limits, because of shortage of ballotpapers in Alahalli-1 and Alahalli-2 polling booths.
The shortfall was soon overcome, and polling continued.
Basavanna, a resident of Vadgalpura hundi, was injured in a clash between two groups and was injured and was admitted to the Chamarajanagar Government Hospital. Security was tight at all polling boots.
Yelandur taluk registered a turnout of 73 per cent, Kollegal 71 per cent, Chamarajanagar 66 per cent, and Gundlupet taluk 62 per cent.