By Team Mangalorean
Photographs: Rajesh Shetty
MANGALORE, May 16, 2008: The Dakshina Kannada district has registered 75 percent voting in the second phase of polling held today in the state. The district registered the top among all the ten districts that went to vote today.
About 13.34 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the five taluks and eight assembly constituencies of the district and the people of the district have shown why they are the top democrats once again. The voting was peaceful and eventless barring a stray case of impersonation and an electronic voting machine failing to register votes. The EVM failed to register vote at booth Number 159 in Ilanthila higher primary school in Belthagady taluk. The Election commission has received a fax message from the district administration about the failure and in one or two days decision will be taken if there will be a re-poll in this booth or not according to the Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar in Bangalore at a press conference here today.
There were no other reports from anywhere from the 66 constituencies in the state that went to polls. The minimum voting in the parts of the district was recorded at 60 per cent and Mr. Vidyashankar said there are villages in Puttur and Bantwal where polling has registered as high as 80 per cent.
An agile returning officer at Kudroli in Mangalore city had caught one Shailesh resident of Uliya village in Ullal trying to impersonate another voter and trying to vote. The officer Govinda Bhat caught Mr. Shailesh trying to caste a vote in some others name. He has been handed over to the police.
State records 60.3 percent polling
Mangalore/Bangalore/Shimoga: The state second phase polling for 66 constituencies today recorded 60.3 percent. Announcing the percentage of polling at a press conference here today Chief Electoral Officer M.N. Vidyashankar has stated that the polling was generally peaceful barring a few minor incidents. He added that the naxalite attack at Hebri in Udupi district killing two persons did not have any effect on the polling percentage. In fact the Sitanadi area and the Karkala taluk registered a higher polling percentage than the last year at 62 percent.
The polling percentage in the other districts are as follows Chikmagalur (63), Chitradurga (60), Davanagere (64), Koppal (62), Raichur (47), Shimoga (60) and Uttara Kannada (61). Mangalorean.com learns from the key constituency of Shikaripur experienced good percentage of voting at 70 per cent. In this constituency former chief ministers S.Bangarappa of Samajwadi party and B.S. Yeddyurappa of BJP were locked in a do or die contest.
Shankar Bidari Additional Director General of Police has stated that the polling was absolutely peaceful in all the naxal infested districts including Chikmagalur, Udupi and Shimoga
Highest turnout in Udupi in second phase
Brisk polling underway in second phase
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