Mangaluru, Dec 13, 2015: After six candidates withdrew nominations, the number of candidates for the Legislative Council elections in the Dakshina Kannada local authority constituency has come down to eight.
Top four: Kota Srinivas Poojary, K Prathapchandra Shetty, K Jayaprakash Hegde and K Harikrishna Bantwal
The final candidates in the fray are: S Prakash Shetty (JD(S)), K Prathapchandra Shetty (Congress), Praveenchandra Jain (JD(S)), Kota Srinivas Poojary (BJP), Alphonse Franco (Independent), Ismail Doddamane (Independent), K Jayaprakash Hegde (Independent) and K Harikrishna Bantwal (Independent).
A total of 14 candidates had filed 24 sets of nominations for the two seats representing the constituency. However, Bhujanga Shetty (Independent), Shankar Kundar (Independent), Harish Kumar (Congress), Abdul Jaleel K (Independent) and Sanjeev Matandoor (BJP) withdrew their nominations.
The term of the MLCs elected from local bodies constituency of Dakshina Kannada - Kota Srinivas Poojary (BJP) and Prathapchandra Shetty (Congress) - will end on January 5.
6,559 voters: The total number of voters in the constituency is 6,559, of which 3,191 are males and 3,368 are females. The constituency has 410 polling booths. The number of voters in Dakshina Kannada district is 3,844 and in Udupi district is 2,715. There are 166 polling booths in Udupi district and 244 polling booths in Dakshina Kannada district. The election to the Council from Dakshina Kannada local authority constituency will be held on December 27 between 8 am and 4 pm. The counting of votes will take place on December 30.