Voter turnout in Karnataka 72.13 per cent, highest since 1952 Assembly polls: CEO

Sanjeev Kumar said the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a turnout of 71.45 per cent, which was the highest in the last six Assembly elections.

Published: 13th May 2018 07:36 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2018 07:36 PM   |  A+A-

EVMs being stored in a strong room at Chikmagalur in Karnataka on Sunday ahead of Assembly polls. | PTI


BENGALURU: The 72.13 per cent voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said today.

Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers yesterday, he told PTI.

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night. By midnight, the figures showed that it was 72. 13 per cent," he told PTI here.

The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said.

Kumar said the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a turnout of 71.45 per cent, which was the highest in the last six Assembly elections.

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.

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.

Kumar said re-election would take place in a polling station at Lottegollahalli in Hebbal constituency here since an electronic voting machine developed a glitch.

The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4.

The Election Commission has deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar seat to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in a Bengaluru apartment.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crores, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women.

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

The counting of votes will take place on May 15.


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  • Narendra M Apte

    1. How far exit poll predictions are reliable is a question. We will have to wait till 15th May to know impact of which party will gain from over 72 % voters’ turnout on 12th May. 2. It does not matter who wins; but I am happy that mud-slinging, which today has become an unfortunate part of campaign in any election, has ended. 3. I think this Assembly election has raised some issues and political parties have to respond. First is an urgent need to implement a plan to curb use of black money in election, in midst of corruption charges by all political parties against each other. Second is a powerless Election Commission of India (ECI). ECI must be given powers to get audited accounts of political parties, scrutinise asset declarations/statements of expenses submitted by candidates and also to take suitable legal action if those declarations/statements are false. Last but equally important issue is this: should PM be actively involved in any Assembly election campaign? Citizens must debate.
    4 years ago reply
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