K'taka: 66% turnout in phase I, re poll in 2 stations

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{image-karnataka polls_11052008.JPG news.oneindia.in}Bangalore, May 11: The voter turnout in the first phase of Assembly elections in Karnataka held for 89 constituencies in 11 districts yesterday was today officially put at 66 per cent of total 1,72,88,358 voters, while re-polling was ordered in two polling stations due to malfunctioning of EVMs.

Speaking to newspersons Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer M N Vidyashankar said this was an impressive 5.8 per cent improvement over the state's average of 59.2 per cent recorded in the 2004 elections. ''If you leave out Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and and Bangalore Urban, the percentage is 72.2,'' he said. Urban voters were disappointed with only 44.5 per cent of voters in the city coming under BBMP limits. The segments in the city had gone up to 21 from earlier 12 after delimitation work had taken up.

Bangalore Rural district recorded the highest at 78.1 per cent, he said.

Incidentally, in the politically volatile Hoskote constituency in this district, more than 90 per cent voting was witnessed in 151 polling stations.

The CEO said re-polling had been ordered for tomorrow in two polling stations -- 6A in Malleshwaram in the city and No 46 in Ramanagaram, where former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy is seeking re-election. ''This was due to malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines,'' he said.

The percentage of voting in other districts were Tumkur 74.4, Chikkballapur 77.7, Kolar 73.1, BBMP 44.5, Bangalore Rural 78.1, Ramanagaram 75.9, Mandya 73, Hassan 75.4, Kodagu 65.7, Mysore 67.5, Chamarajanagar 72.41, Bangalore Urban 52.14.


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