60 p c voter turnout in 2nd phase polling in Karnataka

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New Delhi, May 16 (UNI) An estimated 60 per cent voter turnout was today recorded in the second phase of polling in the Karnataka Assembly elections, Deputy Election Commissioner Rajrishi Bhattacharya said.

He said no untoward incident was reported during polling in the 66 constituencies spread over ten districts.

As there were queues of voters waiting outside booths in certain areas even after 1700 hrs, the Commission decided to allow them to cast their ballot. ''This might lead to a marginal increase in poll percentage,'' he said.

He said seizures of about Rs 40 crores including Rs 16 crores in cash, have been made since the election process started in the state.

An elaborate security cover had been put up at the 12,266 polling stations to enable the 1.1 crore strong electorate to cast their votes. About 5300 micro observers were also deployed at the booths.

Asked about the transfer of SP, Bellary, Mr Bhattacharya said the Election Commission had recieved some inputs about the official and had decided on the transfer last night. He refused to elaborate, saying the matter was now ''part of disciplinary proceedings''.

He also refused to comment on the meeting the EC held with Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary P Ramakanth Reddy over poll code violation.

The Commission had summoned the Chief Secretary in the wake of complaints lodged by the TDP and the BJP against the State Government for announcing several sops to farmers and other sections ahead of the May 29 by-elections.

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