Friends greet one another with ‘did you vote?’

Bangalore Bureau

BANGALORE: Thin traffic on the roads, a hustle and bustle outside polling stations and friends and relatives greeting each other with “did you vote?” marked the polling day in Bangalore on Thursday.

As usual, polling began on a dull note with booths in various parts of the city reporting a poor turnout right through the morning session. Though Wednesday’s heavy downpour had brought down the soaring mercury levels in the city and presented a pleasant weather, polling failed to pick up even in the latter part of the day.

A polling booth in a calm residential locality in Sahakara Nagar had recorded a turnout of barely 22 per cent by 11 a.m.

“This polling booth has been allocated 1,278 voters out of whom 282, including 104 women, have cast their vote in the four hours since we started at 7 a.m.,” said the Presiding Officer.

That polling remained sluggish even as the day progressed became evident when several polling booths recorded a woefully poor percentage when barely an hour remained for polling to end. At Anjananagar on Magadi Road, a mere 376 people out of 1,022 allotted to a booth had voted by 3 p.m.

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