Mysuru: The efforts of the district administration to conduct SVEEP programmes to spread awareness about the importance of voting, has resulted in a slight enhancement in the voting percentage across the district. During the previous parliamentary election, the voting percentage in the district was 67.30. This time, the percentage rose to 68.14 per cent.
Zilla Panchayat CEO Jyothi, who took up the responsibility of conducting the SVEEP programme said, “We spread voter awareness through SVEEP soon after the election dates were announced. Almost 1,600 different methods including cylothons, marathons, various street plays, walkathons, selfie points at the Mysuru Zoo and other tourists places and various events at the Mysuru Palace were conducted to spread awareness. This seems to have created more awareness among the people. These programmes were also held in other districts including Haveri, Bagalkot and Belagavi. Our aim was to reach a voter turnout of nearly 70 to 75 per cent.”
Expressing her surprise at the relatively low turnout, she said, “It is surprising that the people in Mysuru city have not come out in large numbers to vote. Perhaps the people went out of town as it is a weekend. The election authorities will make better plans and strategies in the days to come to combat this.”
Meanwhile, the Chamarajanagar and Mandya Lok Sabha constituencies also saw a slight rise in the voter turnout this election season. During the previous parliamentary elections in Chamarajanagar, the overall polling percentage was 72.85. This year, as of 8 PM, the percentage is 73.1.
In the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, where Congress-JDS alliance candidate Nikhil Kumaraswamy and independent candidate Sumalatha are contesting, the previous Lok Sabha polls saw a voter turnout of 71.47 per cent. The number rose to 80 per cent in this election.
The voter turnout in the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency has also increased by a lot. In the previous Lok Sabha elections, Hassan saw a voter turnout of 73.50 per cent, whereas this time the percentage is 77.28.
The percentage of voter turnout in the individual Assembly constituencies of the Mysuru Lok Sabha constituency are- 75 per cent in Madikeri, 72.23 percent in Virajpet, 78.60 per cent in Periyapatna, 77.45 per cent in Hunsuru, 71.75 per cent in Chamundeshwari, 60.36 per cent in Krishnaraja, 56 per cent in Chamaraja and 59.89 per cent in Narasimharaja.
Voter turnout in the Assembly constituencies of the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency are- 76.68 per cent in Malavalli, 82. 33 per cent in Madduru, 74.80 per cent in Mandya, 81.91 per cent in Srirangapatna, 80.20 per cent in K R Pet, 81.47 per cent in Nagmangal, 86.54 per cent in Melukote and 79.31 per cent in K R Nagar.
The turnout in the individual Assembly constituencies of the Hassan Lok Sabha constituency are- 71.99 per cent in Kadur, 77.53 per cent in Shravanabelagola, 78.98 per cent in Arsikere, 76.02 per cent in Belur, 69.48 per cent in Hassan, 81.7 per cent in Holenarsipur, 81.51 per cent in Arkalgud and 80.09 per cent in Sakaleshpur.