Urban turnout low in phase I Karnataka polls

May 13th, 2008 - 11:44 pm ICT by admin  

Bangalore, May 13 (ANI): Hoskote Assembly constituency in Bangalores rural District witnessed the highest polling percentage in the first phase with 89.18 per cent.

In New Delhi, Election Commission said while in rural areas the polling percentage was 64 per cent, in urban it was 50 per cent.

The Election Commission on Monday released the constituency wise break-up of polling percentage in the 89 constituencies, which went on Saturday.

While Sarvagnanagar in BBMP limits polled the lowest at 35.53 per cent.

In Hoskote, as many as 1.41 lakh of the 1.58 lakh electorate turned up to vote on polling day.

Ramanagara from where former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy contested recorded a polling percentage of 72.99.

Overall polling in 11 Districts was 60 per cent.

The Election Commission also decided to issue notice to Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for violating the model code of conduct by announcing free power to farmers in a TV interview.

The biggest disappointment was from Bangalores 28 constituencies where the turnout was just 44 per cent.

In 2004, the Congress had bagged 29 seats.
The second phase of polling in ten districts in Malnad, the coastal region and the Hyderabad-Karnataka belt will be held on May 16. (ANI)

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