Mangaluru, Nov 13, 2019: All sights post poll on November 12, Tuesday, for the council of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) are now on results. Peaceful and uneventful the general out look at the 448 polling booths with 75 critical booths in the MCC jurisdiction was low key. There were no serious complaints of technical glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The polling registered was 59.67% for the 60 wards of the Corporation. Out of 3,94,894 voters, 2,35,628 have exercised their right to franchise.
By 8 pm November 12, Tuesday all the polling partys from all booths reported back for demustering and deposited the sealed EVMs in the strong room designated as per set procedures at the Rosario School in Pandeshawar till the counting commences tomorrow, November 14, morning. There is tight security all around and the counting and announcement of results tomorrow is expected to be systematic.
There were 63 transgender voters registered in the Mangaluru Corporation limits, of whom 17 transgenders cast their vote.
In 2013, the poll percentage was 63.33% with 99,570 men and 1,07,500 women out of 3,26,995 voters exercising their franchise.
Clash in Katipalla : Two factions of the Congress allegedly entered into an altercation at Shamshuddin Circle at Katipalla Second Block, which created tension. The situation was brought under control by the police, who resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse the crowd. The polling was held peacefully. Rapid Action Force personnel were deployed in the two blocks of Katipalla for security. The Katipalla polling booth saw 2,835 voters exercise their franchise till noon.
An exchange of words between Congress and BJP workers occurred at the entrance of the Infant Mary Higher Primary School, Jeppu. The area comes under Falnir ward.
When MLC Ivan D’Souza was found appealing to people to vote for the Congress, the BJP workers objected, which led to an exchange of words from both the parties. The police, who rushed to the spot, brought the situation under control.
Voters turned up in large numbers at ward number 16 Bangrakooluru and 17 Derebail at the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Govern
ment Model Higher Primary School at Kodikal.
Elders turn up : Senior citizens were seen taking part in the voting process, in significant numbers, in all booths in the morning.
Out of 882 voters in Baikampady ward, 200 voters exercised their franchise at the polling booth at Angaragundi school at 11 am.
A total of 543 votes were cast out of 1,332 votes in the Idya (West) ward by 12 noon at the polling booth set up at Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Government Higher Primary School at Hosabettu.
Security was strengthened for peaceful polling. Around 754 police personnel, Home Guards, five platoons of KSRP, 10 platoons of CAR and two Rapid Action Force were deployed.
During the last Lok Sabha elections, Dakshina Kannada had registered 77.90% polling. In the Assembly election of 2018, the polling was 77.63%. Now all eyes on the declaration of results which is expected to be a cake walk tomorrow Nov 14, Thursday at Rosario School - the new chapter of the fresh MCC council is eagerly awaited by many citizens.