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Turnout high in Bangalore

By Prajeet Nair

A family after casting their votes

BANGALORE (April 17)—Election fever seems to have gripped Bangalore, with turnout at the Byrasandra, Tavarekere and Madivala Layout (BTM) polling booths in the Bangalore South Constituency at 40 percent as of noon, according to election officials.

Voters turned up from Mumbai, Pune and other locations to cast their vote in their hometown of Bangalore.

“It’s one of my basic rights, hence I need to make full use of it—every vote does count” said Kunal Rana, 34, who had come all the way from Mumbai to cast his vote.
People at the polling booths seemed quite relieved with the arrangements made for the elections.

“It’s well organized—it took me only 15 minutes to cast my vote, I didn’t have to wait much” said Rajendra, 26.

There were a large group of first time voters at the booths who seemed quite eager to cast their vote and mark their democratic existence.

Ramachandra Prasad, 64, a retired agriculture officer, said he and his family had been voting for the past nine years in every election in Bangalore since moving to the city and described the voting facilities this time as “excellent.”

Police and other security officials were deployed in large numbers at the polling booths to ensure orderly voting.


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