Election to local bodies end with minor skirmishes

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) An estimated 70 per cent of the total 90 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the 4,920 wards of 209 local bodies in Karnataka, for which polling ended this evening.

Barring minor skirmishes in several places, the situation was peaceful.

Briefing newspersons here, State Election Commissioner M R Hegde said for the first time such a huge turnout of voters was witnessed in urban body elections.

He said fresh notification for election would be issued in Haveri (ward No 19), where Congress candidate Umesh Narayan Amte died of heart attack yesterday. Election would be held on October 28 and counting of votes would be taken up the following day, he said.

The election is seeing a battle for supremacy between BJP, Congress and the Janata Dal(S), involved in a triangular fight.

He said repolling would be held in a ward (No 35) in Bidar, Srinivasapur (No 18), Shahapur (No 12), Gulbarga Corporation (No 12), Terdal ((No 1), Davangere Corporation (No 7) and Sindhnur (No 12) following tampering of ballot boxes by miscreants. In Bellary (ward no 29) election would be held tomorrow as the election officer had changed the symbol of CPI(M).

A Hubli report said barring a few stray incidents like stone pelting, bogus voting and police resorting to mild lathicharge to disburse political activists indulged in skirmishes, the polling in Hubli-Dharwad twin cities was peaceful. Party workers pelted stones after a large number of names were found missing in the voter's list in Dharwad.

There were 18,195 candidates in fray.

Counting of votes would take place on September 30.


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