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Second phase Panchayat poll in Karnataka peaceful

PTI  Bangalore, December 31, 2010
First Published: 19:55 IST(31/12/2010) | Last Updated: 19:56 IST(31/12/2010)

Polling was on Friday held for Zilla and Taluk Panchayats in 17 districts of Karnataka in the second phase, with initial estimation of voter turnout pegged at around 60% in a largely-peaceful election.

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There were stray reports of complaints of missing names in electoral rolls, electronic voting machine malfunction and skirmishes among activists of political parties and boycott of the exercise at some places.

"Election was by and large peaceful. There were no major incidents", an Election official said.

Seventeen zilla panchayats and 103 taluk panchayats went to polls, and there were in all 595 ZP and 2,163 TP seats at stake. A total of 1.54 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise.

Polling was held in the districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Koppal.

Run up to the poll saw aggressive campaign by the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress and JDS, and the outcome would give an idea to these three parties as to where they stand at the grassroots level, as the B S Yeddyurappa government completed two-and-half-years in office.

The result is particularly important for the BJP as both the Congress and the JDS had in recent weeks sought to put the Government on the mat by repeatedly raising charges of corruption and nepotism against it.


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