Karnataka Voters Set New Record, 72.13% Exercise Franchise In Assembly Election

Karnataka Assembly elections You vote you party as Bengaluru restaurants offer discounts galore

The counting of votes for the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha polls will begin at 8 am tomorrow and the first trends are expected to be out by 8.30 am. The Police have also banned celebrations, processions and bursting of crackers around the 38 counting centers in the state. The repolling was necessitated due to technical errors on May 12, when polling was held across the 222 constituencies that went to vote.

The situation around the centre is said to be under control; however, the election-governing body, earlier, noted that a marginal percentage of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) failures has been reported.

Election officials had said yesterday that an estimated 70 per cent of the electors had cast their votes.

Speaking to reporters here, Chief Electoral Officer, Sanjeev Kumar said the polling was peaceful in the state barring a 58-year-old man dying of cardiac arrest in a hospital after collapsing in a polling station in Belthangadi taluk and a 58-year-old woman in Haveri trying to immolate herself at a polling station to protest the lack of infrastructure in her village. It was 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004, 69 per cent in the 1989 and 1994 and 69 per cent in the 1990 elections, he said.

Polling in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari Nagar segment has been postponed to May 28 in the voter ID cards case and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

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The Karnataka Assembly constitutes of 224 seats.

But while large numbers of people voted across Karnataka, the state capital Bengaluru stayed away, with only 51 percent of its electorate choosing to vote, even lower than 2013, when only 57.33 percent voted.

Just hours before the election, the Election Commission on Friday postponed the voting in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) to May 28, after almost 10,000 voter ID cards were found in a flat in the constituency.

There were 15.42 lakh new voters, all in the age group of 18-19.

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