59.84 % polling in the first phase of Election in Karnataka

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Bangalore, May 10 (UNI) An average 59.84 per cent polling was reported in the first phase of elections held today for 89 Assembly seats in 11 districts which went off peacefully today.

Bangalore rural district reported highest percentage of polling with 72.5 per cent while BBMP area of which has as many as 21 assembly seats recorded lowest with 44 per cent Karnataka Chief Electoral officer M N Vidyashankar informed newsmen this evening.

After Bangalore rural district Ramnagaram district recorded 70 per cent followed by Chickballapur (68), Hassan (68), Mandya (68), Chamarajanagar (65), Tumkur (63), Kolar (64), Mysore (54), Bangalore Urban (55), BBMP (Bangalore urban district) (44) and Kodagu (60).

He said that the polling was by and large peaceful through out.

The polling which began at low key in the morning picked up in the noon and was brisk two hours before closure at 1700 hrs.

DGP Sri Kumar told UNI that Polling was incident free barring minor scuffle between rival party workers in Anekal, however the situation was brought under control by the police present there.

Protests were reported by the voters in several booths as their names were missing in the list despite CEC issuing them Voters ID cards.

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