30 to 35 per cent polling by 1300 hrs for Chamundeswari seat
Mysore, Dec 4 (UNI) About 30 per cent to 35 per cent polling was reported by 1300 hrs in the byelection to Chamundeswari Assembly Seat today.
The polling, which began with dull note, picked up in the afternoon.
Despite Prohibitory orders imposed as precautionary measure, voters did not find any difficulty in exercising their franchise.
Taking no chance to ensure free and fair polling, the authorities have even installed, for the first time, metal detectors near polling stations, besides deploying more than 7,000 personnel, including seven companies of para Military forces, near polling booths.
Janata Dal (United) candidate Mr S Guruswamy exercised his franchise in his native Ayarahalli covering his mouth with black cloth in protest against alleged corrupt practice in election.
Highest per centage of 60 per cent polling by noon was reported in Gopalapura, followed by 30 per cent in Hutagali. Large number of voters were seen standing in front of polling booths to exercise their franchise.
Congress candidate Siddaramaiah, who was locked in horns with JD-S and BJP combined candidate Shivabasappa, exercised his franchise in his native village Siddaramana Hundi. There are 10 other candidates in the fray.
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