CHIKMAGALUR: Around 1,25,2835 voters across eight assembly constituencies spread over Udupi and Chikmagalur districts will exercise their voting rights by choosing a candidate from among 14 contestants.
There are 899 polling stations in Chikmagalur, 249 in Sringeri, 207 in Mudigere, 232 in Chikmagalur and 211 in Tarikere. Around 3986 polling staff visited the polling booths in 574 vehicles on Saturday morning.
In Chikmagalur, KSRTC and private buses were arranged for general stations while jeeps and cabs were dispatched to remote polling booths in Malnad.
For the naxal infested 46 polling stations spread over Sringeri and Mudigere taluks an armed troupe comprising one assistant sub inspector , one head constable and three police constables will be deployed for each booth.
Speaking to Express, Deputy Commissioner D K Ranga Swamy said sufficient time will be given to voters to verify their names on the list and added the 18000 persons without photo cards were asked to produce any of the 18 identity cards like ration card and so on.
He observed that strict vigil was imposed at the checkposts to prevent inflow of liquor and money brief cases from neighbouring districts.