Mangaluru, Feb 20, 2016: 69 percent voters cast their ballots in the Zilla Panchayat and Taluk Panchayat elections held in Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday, 20th February, 2016.
Udupi District Records 68.99 percent Polling, where Karkala Taluk recorded the highest polling of 72.81 percent, followed by Udupi Taluk at 67.18 per cent and Kundapur Taluk 72.81 percent.
Polling Percentage- Mangalore: 65.58, Bantwal: 69.48, Belthangadi: 64.83, Puttur: 71.4, Sullia: 74.15
Except for stray incident of heated exchange of words between two groups in Addoor near Mangaluru International Airport, the polling went on peacefully. According to official sources, Heavy security cover was placed in Maoist dominated areas in the district where polling was peaceful.
The polling in a booth in Kateel near Airport and Valakadamane Koila near Puttur was delayed for nearly two hours following malfunction of EVM.
There was heated exchange between Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS) District Convener Jagadish Shenva and few persons near a booth in Addoor. Few stones were reportedly thrown on the car of Mr. Shenva as he left the place. There was also a skirmish reported at Pudu village, which was denied by Superintentendent of Police Sharanappa S.D.
In Dakshina Kannada 116 candidates contesting from the 36 zilla panchayat constituencies and 361 candidates from the 136 Taluk Panchayat constituencies. Counting will be held on February 23.
Villagers boycott polls
Voters of Shamihaklu and Golikadu in Kundapur boycotted the taluk and zilla panchayat elections against the administration and government for depriving them of basic amenities like roads, electricity and safe drinking water.The SC/ST communities in Moodudarkas of Mutlupady in Andaru, Karkala taluk, also boycotted the elections completely. There was only polling booth, and except for police personnel and election officials, the booth was deserted.