Only 47.99% voters exercise their franchise at 3 centres
MYSURU: Even as the voting for the by-election to Vontikoppal (ward 32) in the Mysuru City Corporation was low, it was peaceful given the security cover provided by the city police. The police turned ward into a fortress and tracked the movements of history-sheeters.
The bypoll saw a low turnout with just 47.99% in the 10,201 voters ward as majority of people who cast their franchise are from slums and low income areas.
The voting which started at 7 am on Sunday went at a snail’s pace in all the three polling centres – Government Higher Primary Girls School, Government PU College and Nirmala Convent. Till around 9 am, hardly 30 people had voted in each of the 12 polling booths set up by the election commission.
The polling picked up from afternoon after people started to rush to the centres to cast their votes and choose their ward corporator for the remaining fifteen months’ term.
As the north and east part of the ward is dominated by huge apartments and residences while the south and west comprises of slums and low income groups, all the three major parties had arranged for autorickshaws to ferry voters, especially the aged ones from the slums to the polling centres, while party leaders visited the houses and apartments in the northern part of the area to request the residents to come out and vote for their party candidates.
BJP youth leader Harsha said that the BJP workers along with leader and former Muda chairman L Nagendra visited each house in the posh locality in the ward and requested the people to vote in the by-election.
Even though the city police had deployed its personnels including city armed reserve (CAR) platoons to all the polling centres, verbal clashes between party workers were reported near Government PU College, which is considered as a hyper-sensitive centre and at Nirmala Convent.