Belthangadi: People participated in voting enthusiastically in most of the polling stations in the taluk. Not only was the voting peaceful, but -percent exercised their right.For election duty On Tuesday evening till 11 pm, rains gave a problem to the arriving staff.
Due to thunderstorms, there were frequent interruptions in power supply and poll workers were struggling. Preparations were made for the lighting system in the election center by relying on candles, generators and inverters in some places.
The Mescom staff worked hard and made arrangements for power supply. Due to thunder and lightning, the power supply was often interrupted.On Wednesday evening, there was thunder and rain in places like Mittabagilu, Kalmanja, Belalu, Belthangadi Laila, Dharmasthala, Kanyadi, Shirlalu, Savanalu etc. from 3.30 pm on Wednesday evening. At this time, the electors were seen scrambling to cast their votes due to lack of light due to power outages and cloudless darkness..
Voting machine handed over by Charmadi.
Due to the failure of the voting machine in the 21st polling station of Charmadi village, the start of voting was delayed for about three hours. Due to this, some voters got tired of standing in the queue and returned to their homes and returned to the polling booths after the voting machine was repaired. This time again there was a long queue. In another booth here too, the voting machine gave up for some time. After the voting machines were repaired, they did not work quickly and the voting process was delayed and people had to wait for a long time to exercise their right.
Charmadi polling station is located on the side of the national highway and near the police check post. Due to the lack of other places, the party workers used to build their booths on the road side and provide the necessary information to the voters. There is a lot of traffic on this road due to scattered vehicle parking and narrow width. Voters faced a problem.
Special team of forest department.
Special patrolling was carried out by the Belthangadi Forest Department in six polling stations in the elephant-affected areas of Malavantige, Kadirudyavara and Charmadi villages. Under the direction of RFO Thiagaraj, DRFOs Hariprasad and Rajesh S, patrol forest rangers Sarath Shetty, Santhosh, driver Kushalappa Aharnishi conducted the patrol operation.A wildebeest was found on the road side between the second and third turn of Charmadi Ghati late on Tuesday night, the team went there and fired a round in the air to chase the wildebeest towards the forest. On Wednesday, the team patrolled the Ghati environment.