62% turn out in Rajasthan re-polling

Nearly 62 pc electorate exercised their franchise during the re-polling in 130 booths across 16 districts of Rajasthan. 

The re-polling was necessitated due to complaints of rigging, booth capturing and malfunctioning of EVMs in the 4th December assembly polls in the state. 

The constituencies where repolling were held included Todabheem, Deeg-Khumher, Pushkar, Khanpur, Kolayat, Kota-South Kotputali, Civil Lines (Jaipur), Sanchore, Bilara, Khandela, Mundawar, Nokha, Dholpur, Sawaimadhopur, Mandalgarh, Dausa Bandikui, Baran-Atru, Fatehpur, Bari, Mehava, Gangapur and Karauli.  

The re-polling was marred by a caste clash between two communities in Todabheem assembly constituency, injuring eight persons, official sources said.  

Brisk voting in Indian Kashmir amid reports of protests

Srinagar, India  - At least 10 people were injured when the police used batons to disperse an anti-election protest in India's northern Jammuand Kashmir state Sunday, police said.

The fourth leg of a seven-phase staggered election is being held in the restive state. Separatist political parties called a boycott of the elections for the state legislative assembly.

There was brisk to moderate polling in the 18 constituencies where polling was being held Sunday, election officials said.

Police baton-charged a large group of protestors in Sopore town, about 50 kilometres north of state capital Srinagar, injuring 10 people, the officials said.

Witnesses said six journalists were also injured.

Ghana goes to the polls in close-run election

Nairobi/Accra  - Polls opened in Ghana early Sunday morning in a two-horse presidential race that will decide who leads one of Africa's most stable democracies into the oil era.

Nana Akufo-Addo for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) and John Evans Atta Mills for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) are running neck-and-neck to replace John Kufuor, who must step down in January after serving two terms - the constitutional limit.

With another six candidates looking for their share of the vote, most analysts believe that a run-off on December 28 looks likely.

Louisiana voters send first Vietnamese-American to Congress

Washington  - Louisiana voters Saturday sent the first Vietnamese-American to Congress, Anh "Joseph" Cao, a Republican who defeated a nine-term incumbent African-American congressman, the Times Picayune reported Saturday.

Cao defeated William Jefferson, 61, a Democrat who is under indictment on charges of corruption, bribery and racketeering that involved US companies and countries across a wide swathe of Africa, including Ghana, Nigeria, and Botswana.

Cao, 41, a lawyer, emigrated to the United States at age 8 as Saigon fell to the communists.

Counting of votes for five states on Monday

The counting of votes of five states, which went to poll in Nov and Dec would be taken up on Monday.

Elations were held in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhatisgarh and Mizoram. 

The elections were held in the midst of economic meltdown and the Mumbai terror strikes, making the campaign a lackluster affair. 

The Rajasthan poll outcome would be a test for Chief Minister Vasudhanra Raje government's performance in the state. 

Besides Raje, AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot and PCC president C P Joshi are among the prominent leaders who entered the fray. Elections to the 200-member assembly saw a 68 per cent turnout. 

J&K fourth phase polling on Sunday

J&K fourth phase polling on SundayThe fourth phase of polling for J&K assembly will be held on Dec 7, Sunday.

As many as 12 constituencies located in north Kashmir’s Baramulla and central Badgam districts will go to the polls on that day.

There are 902,951 eligible voters including 518,964 voters of Baramulla district and Badgam has 383,987.

The fate of as many as 13 senior politicians and former ministers will be decided on Sunday. In all, 176 candidates are in the fray in seven constituencies of Baramulla and five of Badgam.