Election to local bodies ends with minor skirmishes in some places

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Bangalore, Sep 28 (UNI) An estimated 70 per cent of the total 90 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the 4920 wards of 209 local bodies in Karnataka for which voting ended this evening.

Barring minor skirmishes in several places the situation was peaceful.

Briefing newsmen here State Election Commission 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 (I) 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 explained.

The election is seeing a battle for supremacy between BJP, Congress and the Janata Dal(S) who are 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 Communist Party of India (Marxists).

A Hubli report said barring a few stray incidents like stone pelting, bogus voting and police ordering 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 18195 candidates in fray.

Counting of votes would take place on September 30.


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