GP elections: over 70 per cent polling in Kodagu district

Election day:Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda reviewing the voting process at Kadagadal Gram Panchayat in Kodagu on Wednesday.  

Staff Correspondent

Elections were by and large peaceful, says Additional Deputy Commissioner

As many as 3,282 candidates are contesting

1,107 seats

Angry residents in Ammathi Gram Panchayat vote only after 3 p.m.

SIDDAPUR: Kodagu registered over 70 per cent polling in the gram panchayat elections held in the district on Wednesday, according to preliminary reports received here.

Polling was by and large peaceful. It would take some time to release the correct voting percentage, Additional Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda said.

As many as 3,282 candidates are in the fray in Kodagu for 1,107 seats. As many as 105 candidates — 73 in Virajpet taluk, 17 in Madikeri taluk and 15 in Somwarpet taluk — have been elected unopposed.

There were reports of scuffles between candidates at a few areas like Chowdlu, Hirikara and Belur in Somwarpet taluk. However, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri said that these were minor incidents which did not come in the way of polling.

More than 90 persons are contesting the 24 seats in the Siddapur Gram Panchayat in Virajpet taluk. Outgoing members of the panchayat distributed liquor, money and saris to woo voters, alleged Pradeep, a voter, while talking to visiting presspersons. A sum of Rs. 40 lakh had been misappropriated in the previous term and that money was spent to gather votes now, he charged.

Boycott threat

Voters at Anandapura in Ammathi Gram Panchayat in Virajpet taluk did not exercise their franchise till after 3 p.m., to protest against the apathy of authorities concerned.

Residents complained that although there were four tanks, two open wells and a borewell, pipes had been laidto supply water to the tanks and provide drinking water for the local people, for the last two years.

They cast their votes at the Ingilagere booth only after assurances by the Executive Officer of the Virajpet taluk panchayat.

The residents were told that work on fixing the pipes that had arrived on Wednesday would be completed by May 13.

There were over 300 registered voters in Anandapura, of which more than 80 per cent had cast their votes in the afternoon, one of the voters Alwyn told The Hindu.

Mr. Annigeri, Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda and Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat Mirza Akbarulla visited the Kadagdal panchayat in Madikeri taluk in the morning.