65 pc voting registered in Chamundeswari
Mysore, Dec 4 (UNI) About 65 per cent of the 3.68 lakh electorate today sealed the electoral fortunes of 14 candidates, including former Deputy Chief Minister Siddaramaiah (Congress), in the byelection to the prestigious Chamundeswari Assembly seat.
Though polling began on a dull note, it picked up later in the day, despite prohibitory orders being imposed as a precautionary measure. Serpentine queues were seen at several villages in the second largest constituency in the State. The womenfolk outnumbered men in exercising their franchise.
Thanks to the election officials straining every nerve to ensure a free and fair poll, the election passed off peacefully, belying widespread apprehensions about break out of violence in the wake of the high-voltage campaigning witnessed in the segment.
Election Observer J Raymond Peter and Additional Observer Anand Singh told newspersons at Devalapura that the polling was absolutely peaceful and incident-free. Some instances of electronic voting machines developing technical snags were reported, however it was set right soon.
Heavy security arrangement was in place, with the deployment of nearly 7,000 police personnel and seven companies of paramilitary forces in the constituency.
Of the 346 polling booths in the constituency, 209 had been classified as hyper-sensitive and 129 as sensitive. Only eight booths had been categorised under the normal category.
The bypoll was necessiated by Mr Siddaramaiah resigning the seat prior to joining the Congress from the JD(S). He had won four times from the seat out of six attempts.
Early voters included Mr Siddaramaiah who voted in his native Siddramanahundi village and JD(U) candidate A S Guruswamy, who cast his vote tying his mouth with a black cloth in his native village Ayarahalli, protesting against alleged election malpractices.
The voting percentage was good in hyper-senstive areas like Hootagalli, Yelawala, Dasanakoppa Bere Hundi, Jayapura, Sindhuvalli, Kadakola, Hebbala area, Devalapura and Ramanahalli.
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