Mangaluru, June 04, 2018: The stage is set for the biennial elections to the Karnataka Legislative Council from South West Graduates and Teachers constituencies to be held on June 8 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. As many as eight candidates, Arun Kumar (Janata Dal-Secular), Ayanur Manjunath (BJP), S.P. Dinesh (Congress), G.C. Patel (Sarva Janata Party), Zafarulla Sattar Khan, G.M. Jayakumar, B.R. Prabhulinga and B.K. Manjunath (all independents) are in the fray in the Graduates constituency.
On the other hand, 12 candidates are in the fray in the Teachers constituency. They include Ganesh Karnik (BJP), S.L. Boje Gowda (Janata Dal-Secular), K.K. Manjunath Kumar (Congress), Arun Hosakoppa, Aloysius D’Souza, K.B. Chandroji Rao, D.K. Tulasappa, Ampar Nityanand Shetty, B.R. Prabhulinga, K.C. Basavarajappa, M. Ramesh and K.P. Rajendra Kumar (all independents).
Responding to a demand from a political party, the Election Commission of India has extended polling time by two hours, by advancing the starting time from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m. and by extending the concluding hours from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Polling stations : The Election Commission has set up 23 polling stations in the Graduates constituency and 14 in the Teachers constituency in Dakshina Kannada. Electors who have enrolled their names in the respective constituencies may exercise their franchise by producing their elector’s photo identity card or any other recognised identity card. As many as 7,223 male voters and 8,271 female voters have enrolled in the South West Graduates constituency as voters, there are 2,944 male and 4,196 female voters in the South West Teachers constituency.
The polling stations set up in the Graduates constituency are Town Panchayat Office, Mulki; Town Municipal Council Office, Moodbidri (two booths); Govinda Dasa College, Surathkal (two booths); Panchayat Office, Bajpe; Government PU College, Gurupura; University College, Hampanakatte (five booths); Vishwa Mangala English Medium School, University Campus, Konaje; Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School, Babbukatte, Permannur; Mini Vidhana Soudha, BC Road (three booths); Taluk Office, Belthangady (two booths); Taluk Panchayat Office, Puttur (two booths), Taluk Office, Sullia and Nada Kacheri, Panja.
Polling stations have been established in Teachers constituency in these locations: Town Panchayat Office, Mulki; Town Municipal Council, Moodbidri; Govinda Dasa College, Surathkal; Panchayat Office, Bajpe; Government PU College, Gurupura; University College, Hampanakatte (two booths); Vishwa Mangala English Medium School, Konaje; Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School, Babbukatte, Permannur; Samarthya Soudha, Taluk Panchayat building, B.C. Road; Taluk Office, Belthangady; Taluk Panchayat Office, Puttur; Taluk Office, Sullia and Nada Kacheri, Panja.
The Assistant Returning Officer and Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner has urged voters to verify their names in the voter list by visitingdk.nic.inand exercise their franchise on June 8.