Karnataka Elections 2018: Things to know about the VVPAT-enabled EVMs

  • Karnataka Elections 2018: Things to know about the VVPAT-enabled EVMs

Karnataka Elections 2018: Things to know about the VVPAT-enabled EVMs

The Election Commission has deployed 16,662 personnel for counting of votes amid tight security.

"Hoskote and Ramanagaram, adjacent constituencies to the city, have recorded over 80% turnout, and have clean electoral rolls unlike the city".

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.

Kumar said the voter percentage was the highest since the 1952 assembly polls. After numerous campaigns and war of words, finally, the polling for the high-stakes assembly elections is here to decide the fate of the top parties.

To a question on seizures in the run up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized.

Polling in the state for 222 out of the 224 assemblies took place on Saturday, May 12 with all eyes now fixed on the results, which will be declared later today and will most likely give an edge to the winning party in the 2019 General Elections.

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. However, the polling will be conducted in those two constituencies (Jayanagar & RR Nagar) on May 28. The total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 are male voters, 2,50,09,904 females and 5,055 transgender voters. 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.