Staff Correspondent

People come in large numbers to exercise their franchise

22 candidates are in the fray; five to be elected

HAVERI: Repolling for election of five members from Huralikoppi village in Savanur taluk of Haveri district concluded peacefully on Saturday.

Despite having to visit the two polling stations for the second time in a span of three days, the rural voters showed much enthusiasm and turned out in large numbers.

According to preliminary reports, more than 83 per cent voters exercised their franchise to elect five members among 22 candidates in the fray.

Symbolic problem

Repolling was ordered in ward number 1 of Huralikoppi Grama Panchayat after confusion arose during polling on May 12, when it was found that the election symbol of one candidate had been wrongly mentioned.

Although the candidate, Ganapathrao Kulkarni, had been allotted the symbol of a peasant pouring foodgrains from above, it was not found in the ballot paper. Instead, the symbol of an axe was found against his name. After Mr. Kulkarni filed an objection, polling was stalled. In between, another mix-up in symbol of another candidate had come to light. Instead of the symbol of a lock and key, the symbol of a road roller had been shown in the ballot paper. The affected candidate this time was Hazaresab Mulla.