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60% polling in Karnataka

About 60 percent polling was registered in the second and final phase of parliamentary and state elections in Karnataka.
PTI | By Indo-Asian News Service, Bangalore
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2004 09:15 PM IST

About 60 percent polling was registered in the second and final phase of twin elections in Karnataka on Monday when voting came to an end at 5 p.m.

Polling was held in 13 parliamentary and 104 assembly constituencies spread over southern, northern and coastal parts of the state.

According to state Election Commission sources here, the polling percentage is tentative and based on preliminary information from presiding officers in respective constituencies.

"Polling has been by and large peaceful barring minor incidents in a couple of districts due to voters' names missing and malfunctioning of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) in some polling booths.

"Voting was moderate to heavy in Belgaum, Chikkodi, Dharward North and South, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Hassan, Mysore and Mangalore. The final percentage may go up by five to six percent after we tabulate the numbers from all the polling booths by midnight," an Election Commission official told IANS.

Reports from poll observers indicated that polling in the second phase was more than in the first phase on April 20 due to a sudden drop in temperature and rain in some parts of the state.

Among the first to cast their votes at 7 a.m. on Monday were former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda and his family members at his native village, Paduvalhippe, in the Holenarsipur assembly segment of Hassan district.

Gowda is contesting from the Hassan Lok Saba constituency while his son HD Revanna is the Janata Dal-Secular candidate for Holenarsipur assembly seat.

Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna and his family, too, voted in their native village Somanalli in the Maddur assembly segment of Mandya constituency, about 100 km from here.

Similarly, in Shimoga, former chief minister S Bangarappa and his family members cast their votes in the Sorab assembly constituency, where his two sons -- Kumar and Madhu -- are pitted against each other on the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party ticket respectively.

Polling has concluded in all the 28 Lok Sabha and 224 assembly constituencies in Karntaka on a peaceful note. The results will be announced May 13.

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