Staff Correspondent

74 per cent polling recorded in the district

Bidar: Polling in the gram panchayats went off peacefully across the district on Saturday. However, the police had to cane voters at a booth in Rajeshwar, that witnessed a huge rush by the afternoon.

According to early estimates, 74 per cent of the people came out to vote in the elections. Election officials said the figure was expected to rise with details from more booths coming in.

Repoll ordered

District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner Harsha Gupta has ordered repoll at Huchukanahalli in Kheni-Ranjol Gram Panchayat in Humnabad taluk after errors were noticed in the ballot paper distributed there. The repoll would be held on May 12. All votes will be counted on May 17.

Polling was slow in the morning, with only around 45 per cent of voters turning up till 3 p.m. Queues began to swell once the heat reduced. Queues in front of booths mostly had women. A group of voters got into an argument with poll officials at Dhannura S. in Bhalki taluk after officials noticed differences when the electoral roll and a voter's ID was compared. The officials, however, maintained that the electoral list was the deciding document in such cases.

As many as 8,642 candidates are in the fray for 2,654 seats across 168 panchayats. As many as 10 seats have been declared vacant, as no nominations were received there. Officials said elections will be held for these seats in six months. As many as 208 members have been elected unopposed.

Poll stayed

The Gulbarga Bench of the High Court has stayed the poll process in Ashtur and Yadalapur seats.

There are 8.48 lakh voters in the district, of which 4.37 lakh are men and the rest women.