Final results may be out by 3 p.m. today, says Deputy Commissioner
MYSORE: Counting of votes polled in the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) elections on Friday will be taken up on Sunday and the final results may be out by late afternoon.
Security has been beefed up around the three counting centres — JSS College on Ooty Road, CPC Polytechnic on Bangalore-Mysore Road and the Maharani’s Arts College. Counting will commence from 8 a.m.
In all, about 500 personnel have been deployed for the purpose. Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda, who is also the District Election Officer, said all the results might be declared by 3 p.m.
The ballot boxes have been sealed and stored under guard from City Armed Reserve policemen. Police personnel in civilian dress are keeping vigil around the counting centres. Prohibitory orders have been clamped around the counting centres.
All arrangements to take up the counting are in place and the authorities have lined up the tables to facilitate the process. Counting to ballots from Ward numbers 1 to 17, 19, 20 and 36 will be done at the CPC Polytechnic Centre. Counting of ballots from Ward numbers 21 to 35, and 37, 38, 39, 40 and 18 will be taken up at JSS College and ballots from Ward numbers 41 to 65 will be counted at the Maharani’s College.
Meanwhile, the final voting percentage for the MCC elections was revised to 49.58.
Of about 7.12 lakh eligible voters, only 3.53 lakh had exercised their franchise, thus making it an election with low to moderate turnout. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be in place till Monday midnight. Hence all victory processions have been banned, according to the city police.
This had been necessitated to maintain law and order in the city, and hence gathering of more than five people, except for religious purposes, weddings and funerals, had also been banned, the police said. Any kind of provocative action including burning of effigies would be viewed seriously, the police added.
Janata Dal (Secular) general secretary Gurumallesh has taken exception to the lapses in the voters’ list.
He has not only questioned the veracity of the revised voters’ list, but also issued a legal notice to the Deputy Commissioner and the State Chief Election Commissioner.
His name too was missing from the list though his name was noted in the record of enumerator issued by the officers concerned. He said that the entire election process was biased.