Polling booth number 149 at Dakshina Kannada ZP school in Bagambila near Kotekar topped the list of 1,766 polling stations by registering the highest-ever voter turnout in the district.
Of the total 784 voters in the constituency, 754, including 356 women voted to register the highest polling of 96.17 per cent.
Sullia with 84.42 per cent topped the list of Assembly constituencies with as many as 19 polling stations registering above 90 per cent polling. Puttur followed with two polling stations (Vivekananda Polytechnic in Nehru Nagar and in Beerahitlu Chikkamudnur) registering voter turnout of above 90 per cent.
None of the polling stations in Beltangady, Moodbidri, Mangalore North and South assembly constituencies witnessed a turnout above 90 per cent.
Incidentally, voter turnout at the booth in Bagambila near Kotekar had witnessed a turnout of 45.04 per cent in previous assembly elections. District Election office had identified 20 such polling stations with figures less than 40 per cent and implemented a string of awareness programmes under SVEEP.
A comparison with poll figures in previous hustings reveals that achieving 90 per cent voter turnout was no accident.
Booths in Sullia assembly constituency like Narkodu (west wing), Balugolu, Ubaradkamithuru, Muliya Atlur, Ainekkidu, also had registered a poll figures between 89 to 93 per cent in previous assembly and LS elections respectively.
A polling station at Bagambila (East wing) near Kotekar, recorded the lowest voter turnout at 22.02 per cent. Only 172 out of 781 voters exercised their franchise. Assistant Returning Officer for Mangalore Assembly constituency R Prashanth told ‘Express’ that many students of nursing had enrolled as voters.
As April 17 was a holiday, many students had gone to their homes. The same factors also contributed to decreased turnout (22.16 per cent) in Vishwamangala English Medium School in Konaje.