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49 per cent turnout in Chitradurga constituency

Exercising their right: Voters at a polling booth in Ramajoganahalli village of Challakere on Thursday.

Exercising their right: Voters at a polling booth in Ramajoganahalli village of Challakere on Thursday.  

Staff Correspondent

Chitradurga: Barring a few minor incidents, polling was peaceful in the Chitradurga Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday.

An average of 49 per cent polling was registered in the constituency which is spread across six taluks of Chitradurga district and two taluks (Sira and Pavagada) of Tumkur district.

The constituency has 15,34,076 voters.

While the lowest voter turnout in the constituency was registered in Hosadurga taluk (35 per cent), Holalkere registered the highest turnout of 62 per cent.

Pavagad taluk registered 55 per cent polling.

Voter turnout in the constituency has dipped considerably compared to the 2004 general elections. Polling started on a dull note at 7 a.m. on Thursday. Till 2 p.m. the turnout was only 27 per cent in the constituency.

The turnout was poor even in rural areas. Though queues were seen outside some polling booths, the number of voters in the queue was not more than a dozen.

Reason

When asked for the reason for poor turnout, residents of a village said, “Unlike the last election, neither the candidates nor their representatives had bothered to visit us. Having not seen or met the candidate, people were reluctant to vote.”

There are 11 candidates in the constituency, including Janardhana Swamy of the Bharatiya Janata Party, B. Tippeswamy of the Congress, M. Ratnakar of the Janata Dal (Secular), M. Jayanna of the Bahujan Samaj Party and Shashishekhar Naik of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Deputy Commissioner and Retuning Officer Amlan Aditya Biswas told The Hindu that no untoward incident was reported in the Chitradurga district during the polling.

Replaced

He said that five electronic voting machines (EVMs) were replaced in the district for technical reasons.



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