Bypoll: 70 pc cast vote in 12 K'taka booths
Despite heatwave conditions, an estimated 70 per cent of voters cast their vote in the re-polling held in 12 polling stations spread across nine Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka.
"We are expecting an estimated 70 per cent polling in the bypoll which was normal and peaceful across the districts," Karnataka chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha told UNI.
The Election commission had ordered repoll in 12 booths due to technical problems and in one instance a poll official taking a side of a political party and influencing the voters at Turuvekere in Tumkur Lok Sabha constituency.
The re poll comes under Gulbarga (SC), Haveri, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Raichur (ST), Bidar, Shimoga, Hassan and Tumkur segments.
Karnataka went for a single phased polling on April 17 for its 28 Lok Sabha constituencies, registering an overall 67.28 percent polling. The counting will be taken pan-India on May 16.
A Hubli report said repolling was held peacefully in three polling booths of Haveri, Bagalkot and Jamakhandi areas.
In Ranebennur, polling station number 57 repolling was ordered following some technical problem and today the voters exercised their franchise for the second time. Polling was brisk in the booth and the percentage was estimated to be about 65.
BJP candidate Shivkumar Udasi and Congress candidate Salim Ahamed were present throughout along with their followers and some leaders of respective parties.
Similarly, repolling was peaceful in booth number 7 of Nagaral village of Bagalkot taluk and booth number 27 of Gote village of Jamakhandi taluk. People actively participated in exercising their franchise, the officials informed.
A Gulbarga report said re-polling of Booth no 165 of Kodla village of Sedam Assembly segments of Gulbarga (R) Lok Sabha was peaceful.
The voting is began slowly but later picked up by th evening. Mercury rising to 42 per cent in the district had hampered the voting in the afternoon.
(Posted on 30-04-2014)