KARNATAKA

Raichur registers 46 p.c. voter turnout

Staff Correspondent

Residents of Kadadaradoddi village boycott polling; reports say only one person voted



Polling delayed for over three hours at a booth in Arkera village owing to a technical snag

A group of people staged a dharna in front of a polling booth at Bassapur village in Manvi taluk



Raichur: The percentage of polling in the Raichur Lok Sabha constituency was around 46 as against the 58.37 in 2004, official sources said on Thursday. All the eight Assembly segments registered poor voter turnout.

There are 14,86,048 voters in the eight Assembly segments in Raichur constituency.

Polling in most of the booths in the constituency was low in the morning and the percentage was around 14 till noon. Polling picked up only after 3 p.m., registering about 30 per cent.

The high temperature forced old people to keep away from the polling booths. Migration of agricultural labourers from the constituency to cities was another reason cited for the poor polling percentage.

No violence

There were no incidents of violence in the constituency. However, residents of Kadadaradoddi village of Lingsugur taluk boycotted polling in protest against the Government’s failure to rehabilitate residents who faced the threat of floods during the monsoon.

Reports said that only one voter had turned up to cast his vote.

Delayed

Polling was delayed for more than three hours at a polling booth in Arkera village of Deodurga taluk following a technical snag in the electronic voting machine (EVM). It was replaced around 10 a.m., but that too had a problem. Polling resumed after it was replaced.

Voters in Devatgal village of Deodurga taluk did not turn up for voting at first declaring a sort of boycott in protest against the failure of the officials of the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam (KBJN) in maintaining water supply in the Narayanpura Right Bank Canal till April 15.

They voted after 11 a.m. when the KBJN officials succeeded in pacifying them.

Dharna

A group of people staged a dharna in front of a polling booth at Bassapur village in Manvi taluk because their names were missing from the voters’ list. However, it did not affect the polling process.

There were reports that no voters turned up to cast their votes in a few villages in Lingsugur, Raichur, Deodurga and Manvi taluks till the afternoon. However, polling commenced slowly after 3 p.m.

Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Adoni Syed Saleem told The Hindu that polling was peaceful in the constituency, including in naxal-prone border villages in Raichur taluk, and there were no reports of any untoward incidents anywhere in the constituency.

Except Kadadaradoddi village in Lingsugur taluk, there were no reports of voter boycott, he said.

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