Karnataka polls: Siddaramaiah exudes confidence as turnout crosses 50%

Karnataka polls: Siddaramaiah exudes confidence as turnout crosses 50%

Heavy security is being deployed at the 38 counting centres in Karnataka, five of which are in Bengaluru. If the viewers are not able to watch Karnataka Elections LIVE on TV, they can catch all the latest information and live updates about the Karnataka Polls 2018 here.

The prohibitory orders across Karnataka will remain in place till Tuesday midnight.

In response to a question, he said the Election Commission had made a decision to hold a re-poll for one polling station in Hebbal, on May 14 as button number nine in the BU got stuck after 63 votes were cast.

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night. By midnight, the figures showed that it was 72.13 per cent", Kumar said. 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.

The election to the Jayanagara seat in Bangalore was countermanded following the death of the sitting MLA and BJP candidate, B.N. Vijaykumar, on May 4. "Polling on a Saturday is worrisome as it will affect the turnout at the booths, as many citizens, especially the youth, would prefer getaways rather than staying back to vote", Congress state unit vice-president BK Chandrashekar told IANS in Bengaluru.

The election to the Rajarajeshwari Nagar seat has been deferred to May 28 after the seizure of fake voter cards from an apartment.

Noting that over 2,600 candidates were in the fray including 2,400 men and over 200 women, he said that the total number of voters, including service electors were 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 were male, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender.

"A single-phase polling began at 7.00 am in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST)", said an official. Weekend and the day of voting in the state where coffee drinking is the strongest culture, a restaurant opposite the Vidhan Soudha in a move to encourage voters and especially young and first-time voters.

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