Bhubaneswar: Less than fifty per cent of the 6.4 lakh voters turned out to cast their vote for the Bhubaneswar ">
Bhubaneswar: Less than fifty per cent of the 6.4 lakh voters turned out to cast their vote for the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation elections today. However at the trouble torn Phulbani and G Udayagiri notified area council elections in Kandhamal district the voter turnout was much higher. At Phulbani and G Udayagiri 54 per cent and over 65 per cent polling was registered said official sources respectively.
No untoward incident was reported. But even in the state capital where electronic voting machines were used and massive police deployment was made several voters found their names missing from the voter list..
A veteran freedom fighter of Ashok Nagar area said: " For 40 years I have been casting my vote but today I did not find my name in the voter list." The names of his children, daughter-in-law and others was there but his name was surprisingly missing.
Similarly, another voter at the booth said that it was all very confusing. "I do not exist whereas the name of my wife and parents are still there," remarked the youth.
The delimitation of wards added to the confusion as voters found it difficult to trace their respective polling booth.
Coalition partners BJD and BJP have fought against each other for control of the prestigious BMC. As many as 383 candidates are in the fray for the 60 wards. Chief minister Mr Naveen Patnaik and BJP leader cum local MLA Mr Biswabhusan Harichandan cast their votes at their respective wards here today.