65 percent polling in Karnataka final phase

May 1st, 2009 - 10:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Bangalore, May 1 (IANS) About 65 percent of the estimated 1.55 crore voters cast their ballot Thursday in the final phase of polling for 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka, election authorities said Friday.
“Scrutiny of the register (17A) from 18,452 polling stations by returning officers and observers indicated over 10,098,098 voters exercised their franchise in their respective constituencies spread over central, coastal and southern parts of the state,” state chief electoral officer M.N. Vidyashankar said in a statement.

Highest percentage of voting - 74.44 - was recorded in Dakshina Kannada, where former central minister Janardan Poojary is contesting for the fourth time as Congress candidate against the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Nalin Kumar Kateel and 10 others.

The lowest percentage of polling - 56.56 - was registered in Dharwad, central Karnataka.

In Hassan, where former prime minister and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda is locked in a triangular contest, 70.30 percent voting was recorded.

The voting percentage is 67.44 in Shimoga, where former chief minister and party-hopper S. Bangarappa is locked in a straight contest with the BJP’s young candidate B.Y. Raghavendra, son of chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

In Mandya, where ageing Kannada film star and central minister M.H. Ambareesh is in fray as Congress candidate against the BJP and the JD-S, 68.84 percent voting was registered.

The final polling percentage in six other constituencies: Bagalkot 63.26, Haveri 63.59, Davanagere 68.23, Udupi-Chickmagalur 68.47, Mysore 58.91 and Chamarajanagar 67.84.

Polling for 17 of the 28 constituencies in the state was held April 23, and the average voting percentage was 54.6. Total electorate in the 17 constituencies is 2.06 crore.

Total votes polled in both the phases are 24,443,797 (2.44 crore) out of the estimated 4.01 crore voters.

The average polling percentage in both the phases is 58.48 as against 64.99 percent in the 2004 general elections.

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