Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 updates: 64% polling recorded till 5 pm; voting comes to an end

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Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 updates: 64% polling recorded till 5 pm; voting comes to an end
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    19:18 (IST)

    Exit Polls in Karnataka Election divided over Congress, BJP; most predict hung house

    Exit polls conducted by leading pollsters are divided over the outcome of closely-contested Karnataka elections. While Times Now-VMR and India Today-Axis My India predicted that Congress will be the single-largest party, News Nation and ABP News-Cvoter said that BJP will lead. However, all these polls predicted a hung house. Follow the outcome of all exit poll surveys here

  • 18:27 (IST)

    72% voter turn out  in Dakshina Kannada

    Dakshi Kannada exhibited better turnout than rest of Karnataka. Till 5 pm, about 1 hour before the polling closed, about 72.05 percent voters had exercised their franchise. A total of 79.07 percent, the highest number of people, came out to vote in Bantwal. 

    Belthangadi - 78%

    Moodbidre -65%

    North Karnataka-71.29%

    South Karnataka- 64.93%

    Ullala - 71.51%

    Puttur -78.47%

    Sulllia - 75.30%

  • 18:19 (IST)

    Visuals of polling booths shutting down at 6 pm

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Voting for Karnataka polls ends

  • 18:04 (IST)

    157 control units had problems: EC

    The Election Commission said that in all the 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPATs had mechanical problems and were replaced. The EVM failures were within prescribed limits.

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Re-polling in Hebbal due to malfunctioning ballot unit

    The Chief Election Commissioner has clarified that re-polling will take place in a polling station in Lottegollahalli in Hebbal due to malfunctioning of a ballot unit. The re-election is likely to take place on Monday. 

    Input by Ranganathan Krishnaswamy/101Reporters

  • 17:29 (IST)

    All eyes on exit polls with half an hour of polling left

    As per the Model Code of Conduct, various media houses are barred to reveal or discuss the results of any form of exit polls. However, with the polling ending at 6 pm in Karnataka, the results of various state-wide electoral surveys will start coming out. Watch out this space for latest updates. 

  • 16:56 (IST)

    Woman dies in Karnataka's Yadgir, family still turns up to cast vote

    In Yadgir, electors have shown that the polls takes equal priority to family affairs.  Somanna, whose mother Siddhama passed away this morning, turned up at the polling station with his son, Saran to cast his vote.

    Input by Ravi Kumar Naraboli/101Reporters

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Congress candidate attacked in Parasanahalli

    Congress candidate from Holenarasi[ur, BP Manje Gowda was allegedly attacked by JD(S) workers at Parasanahalli. Gowda said the mob threw stones at his car and his assistant suffered a head injury in the incident​. 

  • 16:32 (IST)

    Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi  boycotts election 

    Majority of the 3500 residents of Chittapur taluk's Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting elections over their demand for Gram Panchayat headquarters for their village.

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Rain lashed parts of Hubli affecting voting


     

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Millions vote in Karnataka amid rival claims to power 

    In a politically crucial Assembly election ahead of next year's Lok Sabha battle, millions voted in Karnataka on Saturday with the ruling Congress as well as the BJP and JD-S claiming they will win hands down.

    Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said he was "very very confident" that the Congress would retain power in the only major southern state it now rules as officials said more than half of the over 5.06-crore electorate had voted till 3 pm. 

  • 15:58 (IST)

    Scorching heat discouraging voters from coming out?

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Haveri DC MV Venkatesh stands in line to cast his vote at Devagiri polling station

    Input by: Basavaraj Maralihalli/101Reporters

  • 15:23 (IST)

    Ex-Congressman, BJP leader SM Krishna casts his vote 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Villagers in Hogarti of Bailhongal boycotted voting

    On 6 May, a 4-month pregnant women was murdered at Hunasikatti village of Kittur. Her husband Suresh was arrested. Villagers were urging for the arrest of parents and relatives of Suresh as well. The villagers gathered in large numbers at the polling station and boycotted elections, pressing for their demands. The police are trying to convince them to vote.

    Input from S Shankar Patil/101Reporters

  • 15:06 (IST)

    I will become CM for another term, claims Siddaramaiah even as Congress keeps mum

    The Congress party's official stand on its chief ministerial candidate has been that the party MLAs will elect their leader after the election, even as it fought the election under the chief minister's leadership. 

    However, speaking to India Today, Siddaramaiah said that he will be the chief minister for another term. There have been no comments from the Congress party so far. 

  • 14:54 (IST)

    Food discount coupons, free data; how voters are being encouraged to exercise franchise 

    With less than 40 percent vote count being reported in the state till 1 pm, the business establishment in the state have taken it upon themselves to encourage voters to exercise their franchise. According to News18cyber cafes and food joints in Bengaluru are offering attractive discounts to people who exercise their franchise.

    In the past too, free dosas in the shape of Kannada letters and requests like 'Nanna matha nanna hakku' (my vote, my right), 'Ellaroo mathadana maadi' (please all of you vote), 'Praja prabhutva bhadrapadisi' (strengthen the democracy) were distributed among voters with an aim to spread awareness about elections.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Yeddyurappa is 'mentally disturbed', says Siddaramaiah; BJP CM candidate claims Congress bribed voters

    After casting his vote at Chamundeshwari seat, Siddaramaiah expressed confidence that his party will script history by consecutively forming a second government in Karnataka. When asked that Yeddyurappa has also claimed that he will win with majority, Siddaramaiah quipped, "He's mentally disturbed now, he's dreaming."

    Meanwhile, Yeddyurapa said that the Congress party had even bribed voters in its desperation, even as he claimed that the BJP will win over 150 seats. 

  • 14:27 (IST)

    Dakshina Kannada records highest voting percentage so far

    The region has recorded 47% votes till now. The break up of other regions are as follows:

    1) Yalahanka: 34.34%
    2) Byatarayanapura: 32.65%
    3) Yashavantapura: 29%
    4) Dasarahalli: 21.90%
    5) Mahadevpura: 30%
    6) BNG south: 32.52%
    7) Anekal: 30%

    Average: 30.04%

    Source: News18

  • 14:21 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah casts vote in Chamundeshwari constituency

  • 14:19 (IST)

    Karnataka school's unique way to encourage parents to vote

    According to CNN-News18, a Karnataka school has adopted a unique way to encourage people to vote. The school has said students will get four extra marks if their parents vote and show their inked finger. 

  • 14:08 (IST)

    As EC aims to score at least 75% poll percentage; Here's a look at voter turnout in the past

  • 13:56 (IST)

    From 'Pink Booths' to third generation EVMs, EC strives to make Karnataka Assembly polls more voter friendly

    From all-women managed 'Pink Booths' to the use of third generation Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Assembly elections in Karnataka are marked by several firsts. The country's IT hub saw electoral authorities initiate a slew of initiatives targeting a voting percentage of 75.

    Adding a riot of colours, the EC has set up ethnic polling booths in Mysuru, Chamarajnagar and Uttar Kannada districts, where polling booths match the lifestyle of tribal masses living there. Like in every election, each booth is equipped with facilities such as wheelchairs for the differently-abled so they can exercise their franchise easily.

  • 13:53 (IST)

    Bengaluru Urban records lowest voter turnout of 28% as of 1 pm, Dakshina Kannada highest at 47%

    After six hours of voting, Bengaluru Urban record the lowest voter turnout at 28 percent while Dakshina Kannada was the highest at 47 percent. 

  • 13:51 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah claims JD(S) distributed lot of money in Chamundeswari

    "JD(S) has distributed a lot of money. Their candidate says he is a society secretary, so from where did he get so much money from? Also, BJP is openly supporting JD(S). They have put up a dummy candidate here," said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Chamundeshwari constituency.

  • 13:49 (IST)

    Overall polling percentage at 1 pm is 36.5%: EC

    The Election Commission announced that the overall voter turnout across the state stood at 36.5 percent at 1 pm after six hours of polling. 

  • 13:38 (IST)

    'Vote for JD(S)-BSP alliance': JD(S) leader Danish Ali

    JD(S) leader Danish Ali urged citizens to exercise their franchise and reject national parties such as BJP and Congress. "We appeal to people to exercise their voting rights and choose a government of clean image. We are hopeful that the public will take a huge decision today to change the politics of nation, will reject national parties BJP and Congress, and instead vote for JD(S)-BSP alliance,"

  • 13:34 (IST)

    Siddaramaiah casts vote in Chamundeswari

    Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah cast his vote in Chamundeswari, reported CNN-News18. 

  • 13:32 (IST)

    Social activist Nataraj Joies' daughter Hrunmana, casts vote for first time

    Hrunmana Joies, daughter of social activist Nataraj Joies, casts her vote for the first time. She says she wanted to exercise her franchise as its her right and will ensure a bright future for democratic India. She requested every eligible young person to also  cast their votes.

    Input by Shivranjini S/101Reporters

  • 13:23 (IST)

    Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar casts vote in Kanakapura

  • 13:21 (IST)

    'Modi's gameplan will not affect Karnataka': Congress minister DK Shivakumar

  • 13:17 (IST)

    'Other' gender voters exercise their franchise in Bengaluru

    'Other' gender voters cast their vote at St Alosiyus PU College in Cox Town, CV Raman Nagar constituency

    Used with permission from Jediyappa Gedlagatti

  • 13:15 (IST)

     Visuals of voters at a polling booth in Sulla village, Navalgund

  • 13:14 (IST)

    Mines and geology minister Vinay Kulkarni votes in Dharwad

    Dharward district-in-charge and Minister of Mines and Geology Vinay Kulkarni and his family cast their votes.

    Input from Manju Somareddi/101Reporters

  • 13:12 (IST)

    MP Pratap Singh, wife cast vote in Mysuru

    Firebrand Mysuru MP Pratap Singh and his wife after casting their votes.

    Input from Shivaranjani S/101Reporters

  • 13:11 (IST)

    WATCH: 'Urge all to vote,' says Rahul Dravid

    Election Commission ambassador and former cricketer Rahul Dravid, who cast his vote in Bengaluru, urges the people of Karnataka to exercise their franchise.

    Shared with permission of Girish Kavachur

  • JD(S) supporters hoping for alliance with BJP

    JD(S) supporters are hoping for a post poll alliance with BJP with Kumaraswamy at the helm. That Vokkaligas are also smitten by Modi helps that sentiment. Modi for prime minister, Kumaraswamy for chief minister is what they say.

  • 13:04 (IST)

    Visual of first time voters in Ramanahalli village

    Input by Abhay KC/101Reporters

  • 13:01 (IST)

    Clashes break out between Congress, BJP workers in Bengaluru

    Clashes broke out between Congress and BJP workers outside a polling booth in Hampi Nagar, allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. Ravindra, Vijayanagar, BJP candidate says, "Our corporator Anand was attacked but police isn't taking any action". 

    Meanwhile, Bengaluru DCP Ravi Channannavar said, "It is a sensitive polling booth and the clash between BJP and Congress workers happened within 100 metres of the booth. We will investigate and take further action."

  • 12:56 (IST)

    Dakshina Kannada records highest voter turnout with 31%, Bengaluru Urban lowest at 17%

    According to state electoral authorities, the highest 31 percent voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts respectively at 11 am while Bengaluru Urban recorded the lowest at 17 percent.

  • 12:55 (IST)

    24% polling recorded till 11 am

    About 24 percent polling was recorded within the first four hours after voting began for the fiercely fought Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday morning. 

  • 12:54 (IST)

    WATCH: BJP workers stop voting in a booth in Yamakanamardi constituency after EVM found marked with black ink 

    BJP workers stopped voting in the polling centre at Bharamanahatti village of Yamakanamardi constituency in Belagavi after the EVM was found marked with black ink near the Congress symbol.

    Input by S Shankar Patil/101Reporters

  • 12:50 (IST)

     Congress will get 130-plus seats, says Randeep Surjewala

    Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, "Congress will get 130 plus seats, and corrupt and criminal Yeddy-Reddy gang will be rejected by the people of Karnataka." 

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Engaged couple casts vote before just before wedding in Belagavi

    Manavi Tahsildar and Yash Hande of Kasai Galli, Belagavi (North) constituency, whose wedding is scheduled at 12.35 pm, cast their vote before heading to the marriage hall.

    Input by S Shankar Patil/101Reporters

  • 12:46 (IST)

    First time voter Rohan Koli votes for 'change' with fractured hand in Belagavi

    First time voter Rohan Koli steps out to vote with a fractured hand at government Kannada school in Shahu Nagar, Belagavi. He says he voted for change.

    Input by S Shankar Patil/101Reporters

  • 12:43 (IST)

    Villagers in Melur constituency upset because they didn't receive money to vote

    At Gerapura village in Melur Assembly constituency the turnout was very thin till almost 9 am. The villagers reportedly were upset that they did not receive money. However, after some leaders rushed in and distributed money, the villagers came to exercise their franchise.

    Input by Ranganathan Krishnaswamy/101Reporters

  • 12:40 (IST)

    Bride casts vote before wedding in Madikeri

  • 12:36 (IST)

    21.1% polling recorded till 11 am

    According to The HinduKarnataka registered 21.1 percent voter turnout till 11 am. 

  • 12:33 (IST)

    Voting briefly suspended in Yadgir due to technical issues

    Voting was suspended briefly at booth number 32 in Yadgir city due to technical issues and was later resumed.

    Input by Ravikumar Naraboli/101Reporters

Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 LIVE updates: "This Amit Shah is like a comedy show and Narendra Modi's image has drastically declined, his speeches are completely hollow and have made no impact on the voters of Karnataka. Therefore we are not worried," Siddaramaiah said.

The Congress party's official stand on its chief ministerial candidate has been that the party MLAs will elect their leader after the election, even as it fought the election under the chief minister's leadership. However, Siddaramaiah claimed that he will be the chief minister once again.

According to the polling percentage recorded till 1 pm, polling in urban Bengaluru is the lowest at 28 percent, however, constituencies in Dakshina Kannada region recorded good turnout in comparison.

Clashes broke out between Congress and BJP workers outside a polling booth in Hampi Nagar, allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. Ravindra, Vijayanagar, BJP candidate says, "Our corporator Anand was attacked but police isn't taking any action."

Meanwhile, Bengaluru DCP Ravi Channannavar said, "It is a sensitive polling booth and the clash between BJP and Congress workers happened within 100 metres of the booth. We will investigate and take further action."

About 24 percent polling was recorded within the first four hours after voting began for the fiercely fought Karnataka Assembly polls on Saturday morning. According to state electoral authorities, the highest 31 percent voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts respectively at 11 am while Bengaluru Urban recorded the lowest at 17 percent.

According to The HinduKarnataka registered 21.1 percent voter turnout till 11 am. Meanwhile, voting was suspended briefly at booth number 32 in Yadgir city due to technical issues and was later resumed.

Ola and Uber services have been down in the Old Mysore region since Friday. The drivers reportedly went back to their villages to vote in the Karnataka Assembly election, according to The Hindu. 

The Election Commission said that the voter turnout stood at 24 percent till 11 am across Karnataka. Meanwhile, Dalit voters in Hemmanahalli village in Maddur taluk in Mandya district decided to stay away from polling. The poor infrastructure facilities at their colony prompted not vote. There are nearly 1,000 voters in the village and of them around 300 of them are Dalits.

As polls continue in Karnataka, Election Commission figures showed that Dakshina Kannada district recorded the highest polling percentage at 16 percent, reported CNN-News18. 

The Election Commission said the voter turnout across Karnataka stood at 10.6 percent on Saturday morning till 9.15 am. Voting for the Karnataka Assembly election began at 7 am.

JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda cast his vote at polling booth number 24 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district on Saturday morning. "We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well," he told ANI.

82,157 people have been deployed across Karnataka for poll duty that includes DSPs, home guards and civil defence, and forest guards and watchers, Karnataka DGP Neelamani N Raju told News18. The number also includes about 7,500 personnel from states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtram Chattisgarh, Kerala and Goa.

BJP's chief ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa cast his vote early in the Shikaripura constituency in Karnataka on Saturday. Meanwhile, a BJP worker was arrested in Hebbal for "threatening  voters not to vote before local BJP MLA Narayanaswamy cast his vote, delaying the voting by 10 minutes, according to News18. 

EVM malfunction was reported from a booth in Bengaluru's Shivajinagar and at the Lamington School booth in Hubbali, in Karnataka reported News18.

As voters gathered to exercise their franchise across Karnataka on Saturday, reports emerged that voters were facing inconvenience as an EVM in a booth at Bengaluru's Chamarajapete was not working due to power outage after rains on Friday night. The EC said the machine will be replaced.

The Bharatiya Janata Party, Indian National Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) will lock horns in the triangular contest on Saturday, with Karnataka voters set to elect a new government.

Polling will be conducted at 222 of the 224 seats with the elections deferred at Jayanagar and Rajrajeshwari Nagar Assembly seats.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The election to the Jayanagar Assembly constituency was postponed following the death of BN Vijay Kumar, MLA and BJP candidate, while polling at RR Nagar seat was deffered following recovery of nearly 10,000 voter I-cards from a flat owned by a BJP leader.

The Election Commission has set up voter information booths at all polling sites and standardised voter information posters are also displayed to help voters use EVMs and find their polling centres easily.

For voters convenience, photograph of the candidates will be affixed on each voting machine. Further, electronically-transmitted postal ballot will be available to all service voters and to those serving in Indian missions aboard.

Voters can check the polling booths allotted to them on the state election commission website, or alternatively voters can also install the Chunavana App, which can be downloaded on Android and iOS devices. Launched by the state election commission, Chunavana app is a handy guide for voters on tracking polling booths, reading up on candidates, contact numbers of officials to lodge complaints etc. The app can also be used to book a wheelchair for physically challenged persons or elderly voters.

The EC has set up 600 all-women run polling booths to push voter percentage among women; five such booths will be present in urban areas while one will be in rural areas. Twenty eight special polling booths bearing an ethnic look have also been set up in the state to encourage primitive and nomadic tribes to vote.

Over 4.96 crore voters, including 2.52 crore men, 2.44 crore women and over 4,500 people who identify themselves as 'transgenders', have registered to vote.

A total of 15.42 lakh voters, aged 18-19, have registered to cast their ballot for the first time.

The voter turnout in the previous Assembly election held in the state in 2013 was 71.45 percent. The poll panel hopes the voting percentage would surpasses 75 per cent in 2018, after it held several voting awareness programmes across the state.

The Election Commission has also decided to continue the pilot phase of Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in this election, in which one polling station will be chosen and checked.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: May 12, 2018 19:18 PM

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