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2nd phase of ZP, TP polls witnesses lower voter turnout

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Bengaluru: In the second and final phase of the elections for the zilla and taluk panchayats across 15 districts of the state held on Saturday, voter turnout was around 68 per cent to 70 per cent as per the State Election Commission.

Polling in the first phase held in 15 other districts on February 13 was higher at 74.37 per cent, according to State Election Commissioner P.N. Srinivasachari.

The results will be declared on Tuesday.

In the first phase, 552 ZP seats and 1,945 TP seats in Bengaluru and Belagavi divisions went for polling on February 13. In the second phase, 531 ZP seats and 1,939 TP seats in Mysuru and Kalaburagi divisions, besides the Vijayapura district of Belagavi division, went to the polls.

In the second phase, Dakshina Kannada district recorded 69 per cent polling. In Udupi district polling percentage was 68.17. The elections in Mysuru district witnessed a turnout of over 75 per cent as per initial estimates. Bidar district recorded a voter turnout of 61.55 per cent. The voting began on a dull note, but picked up pace towards afternoon. In Raichur district the polling percentage was 66.9 per cent. Voting was peaceful in Ballari district, with a polling percentage of 64. Yadgir district recorded a polling percentage of 61. Koppal district recorded 50.5 per cent polling till 3 pm. Mandya district recorded 70.57 per cent voting. Hassan district recorded 71.04 per cent voting and Chamarajanagar district poll percentage was 74.6.

Barring some stray incidents between party workers reported from various districts and allegations of voter enticement, the polling was by and large peaceful.

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