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Polling begins for first phase of Gram panchayat across Karnataka

Bengaluru: Amid Covid-19 scare, voting is underway for 3,019 panchayats in 117 taluks of Karnataka in the first phase of gram panchayat elections on Tuesday.

As per the state government, the election began amid Covid-19 precautionary measures with voters maintaining social distance and masks.

A total of 1.17 lakh candidates are in the fray for 43,238 seats, half of which are reserved for women, poll officials said. Voting began at 0700 hrs and will continue till 1700 hrs in over 23,000 booths.

A total of 4,377 candidates have been elected unopposed already, the officials said.

People who are Covid-19 positive or come under primary/secondary contacts of infected people can vote in the last hour of polling, officials said.

Elaborate security and Covid-related precautionary measures have been taken for the voting, they said, adding that wearing masks and maintaining social distance is mandatory. Hand sanitisers will be available in polling booths.

The number of voters in each booth has been reduced from 1,500 to 1,000, also Anganwadi, ASHA workers and Health Department officials have been roped in for poll duty.

Though these polls don’t take place on party symbols, all political parties have put in efforts to ensure that the candidate supported by them wins, so as to have their hold on grassroots level politics, which may prove advantageous for them in taluk or zilla panchayat and even Assembly polls whenever they take place.

Meanwhile, an official was found to be in possession of a loaded revolver at a polling station at Desur village in Belagavi taluk during the first phase of Gram Panchayat polling on Tuesday.

Other staff who noticed the polling official with revolver informed the police who subjected him for inquiry.

Polling official has been reportedly identified as Suleman Sanadi. The revolver in his possession was fully loaded and the police asked him to empty the rounds.

Voting for Kallahalli Gram Panchayat in Hosapete taluk is being held after a gap of 26 years. Election to this GP could not be conducted as members were electing unopposed.

Meanwhile, voting for the first phase of Gram Panchayat polls began in Kalyana Karnataka.

Voting is going on peacefully. The district administration and police have kept an eye on sensitive polling stations. Polling has begun in some taluks of Kalaburagi, Bidar, Raichur, Yadgir, Koppal and Ballari districts.

Voting for Kallahalli Gram Panchayat in Hosapete taluk is being held after a gap of 26 years. Election to this GP could not be conducted as members were electing unopposed.

A police constable on election duty at polling station-3 at Kaddirampur village under Hampi Gram Panchayat suffered a heart attack. Constable Tavarenaik has been admitted to local government hospital.

Voting also began Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru and Kodagu, Chikkamagalruu districts.

The second phase of polls is scheduled on December 27, and the counting for both phases will take place on December 30.

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