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Determined:Imambi (99) being carried to a polling booth by her relative at Srinivas Saradgi village in Gulbarga district on Saturday.
Determined:Imambi (99) being carried to a polling booth by her relative at Srinivas Saradgi village in Gulbarga district on Saturday.

Special Correspondent

75 p.c. polling in gram panchayat elections Gulbarga district

GULBARGA: Imambi Khajabai (99) has not missed casting her vote in any of the elections held so far in the district. She was there spot on at the polling booth in the government high school in Srinivas Saradgi village of Gulbarga taluk on Saturday morning to exercise her franchise.

Imambi, who could not walk owing to her age, was carried to the booth by one of her relatives, who helped her vote. “I do not know in how many elections I have voted. But I have not missed even one so far,” she said with a smile on her face.

Kalyanamma Mugalnagav (88) was another such enthusiastic voter in Kusnoor village. She also claims to have never missed exercising her franchise.

The general trend of polling in Gulbarga district was brisk right from the morning, and by the end of the day, an estimated 75 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise despite the oppressive heatwave.

Polling was peaceful, except for two minor incidents in three polling booths. Polling was, however, disrupted at a booth in Revatgi village of Chitapur taluk following complaints of fictitious names in the voters' list. The authorities verified the addresses of the voters, and then stopped polling. A report was then filed with the election authorities. The authorities have recommended repoll in the booth after appropriate action was taken.

In two booths at Sumwad village of Jewargi taluk, polling was suspended in the morning as the seal used in the voting process was faulty. The election authorities have recommended repoll in both booths.

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