Mysuru, August 31:- Moderate voting percentage was recorded in Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) elections held in the city on Friday.
Around 25.62% of voting was recorded in the polls held to elect corporators to 65 MCC Wards.
The voting began at 7 am today at 815 booths including 725 main booths and 90 auxiliary booths in the city.
Amidst cloudy weather condition, people queued up at their respective booths to exercise their franchise to the candidate contesting in their respective wards.
At 9 am, a voting percentage of mere 6.04% was recorded in Mysuru City. However, by 11 am the voter turnout stood at 14.49% showing slight improvement. At 1 pm the voter turnout was 25.62 %.
There are around 7,98,673 voters among which 3,97,180 voters are male, 4,01,395 female voters and 98 others. The District Administration is expecting a voter turnout of 55 to 65 percent when the voting concludes at 5 pm today. The voter turnout at 1 pm shows a moderate voting percentage.
No untoward incidents were reported in the city and the polling took place peacefully. A technical snag in an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Srirampura was reported early in the morning, but later it was replaced and the voting was delayed by few minutes at the polling booth.
Each Polling Booth had one Presiding Officer (PO), one Assistant Presiding Officer (APO, two Polling Officers, one D-Group employee and one Police Constable. Though the city police had clamped prohibitory order within a radius of 100 metres from the polling booth, workers of political parties were seen moving near the polling booths and appealing voters to vote for their candidate.
The city police had made elaborate security arrangements for a smooth election. A total of 1,937 police personnel and home guards were deployed for booths and 50 sector mobile vehicles were supervising the booths. Seven ACPs, 26 Inspectors, 11 PSIs, 56 ASIs, 452 Head Constables, 768 Police Constables, 650 Home Guards, 16 teams of City Armed Reserve (CAR) police personnel, six platoons of Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and 20 teams of Mounted Police were deployed for the election process
On completion of voting process this evening, the EVMs will be brought to Maharani’s College of Commerce and Management on Valmiki Road at Paduvarahalli in the city where the counting will take place on September 3.
More than 15 to 16 strong rooms have been established at the centre and plywood boards will be used to seal the rooms.
The polling was underway in three municipalities in Mysuru District. The polling to elect members to the Municipality Councils of Periyapattana, T Narasipur and HD Kote taluks was underway. At 1 pm, , a voter turnout of 45.44% at Piriyapatna, 44.82% in T Narasipur and 44.82% in HD Kote was recorded, according to polling officials.
Cong candidate protests
Congress candidate from MCC Ward 41 staged a protest against a Presiding Officer of a polling booth alleging that the officer was urging voters to vote for Janata Dal (Secular). The Congress party workers staged a protest and alleged that the Presiding Officer was influencing voters to vote for a candidate of JD(S) sitting inside the polling booth.
A moment of tension prevailed near the polling booth until police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
In another case, a cash of Rs 3 lakh and silver lamps which were kept inside a scooter to distribute to voters were seized by VV Puram Police officers in Gokulam. Based on confirmed information, the VV Puram Police seized a moped which was carrying cash and silver lamps which was allegedly meant to influence voters to vote for a JD(S) candidate.
MLAs exercise their franchise
Meanwhile, Chamaraja Constituency MLA L Nagendra, Narasimharaja Constituency MLA Tanveer Sait, former MLA Vasu and others exercised their franchise at various polling booths in the city.
Rajamatha Pramoda Devi Wadiyar too cast her vote at Srikanta Balika School at Agrahara in the city. -(KK)