We are very confident that we are going to form the govt again. There is a strong wave in favor of Congress: Congress leader KC Venugopal to ANI
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 UPDATES: Total turnout figure received so far is 70 per cent, says Election Commission
Re-polling to take place at polling stations in Lottegollajalli, Hebbal after EVM failure; a total of 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPATs malfunctioned.
BENGALURU: Karnataka on Saturday recorded 70 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm as polling for the high stakes assembly election ended, state electoral officials said.
The last assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4 per cent polling, it said.
The final polling percentage till the 6 pm deadline is, however, still being worked out, they added.
According to the poll officials, the highest polling was recorded in Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara at 76 per cent, while Bengaluru Urban had the lowest at 48 per cent.
Polling was held for 222 of the 224 seats.
A total of 5.06 crore voters from across the state exercised their franchise to elect a new government after weeks of high intensity campaigning by all candidates and party leaders.
A total of 58,546 polling booths were set up by the Karnataka election commission team which has been on high alert ever since the dates were announced and the model code of conduct came into force.
(With agency and TNIE inputs)
Total turnout figure received so far is 70%: Election Commission
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath exudes confidence of a BJP victory in Karnataka
Talking to media persons, Adityanath said the BJP will form the next government in Karnataka "with full majority". People there "were fed up of the divisive, communal politics of the Congress" and had decided to "punish it" by voting against it, he added.
Polling in Hebbal booth held void
Election Commission holds polling in one of the booths in Hebbal Void. Now, repolling will be held on 14 May, Monday.
Uttara Kannada Due to EVM problem, voting stopped at polling station No 92 in Hegde village of Kumta taluk. Nearly 400 people are waiting in queue.
Congress to emerge as single largest party: Pre-poll survey
Pre-poll survey conducted by Peoples Pulse, a political research organization predicted a hung assembly in the state with Congress emerging as a single largest party. [FULL REPORT]
The last person to vote on Karnakata Elections 2018 at Mount Carmel Collage, Vasanthnagar Bengaluru comes out smiling as polling comes to an end. | Pushkar V
District-wise polling percentages
Schedule for polling closes for Karnataka Elections 2018. However, those waiting at polling booths will be allowed to vote. 64.35 % voter turnout registered till 5 PM
67% voters turned out in Vijayapura district till 5pm. In the last assembly elections the district reported 67.34% voting but this year after the ECI extended the poll timing for another hour, they are expecting more than 75% turnout.
Total of 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPATs malfunctioned across state stalling voting process. Voting proceeded after units were replaced
Karnataka registers 64 per cent voter turnout till 5 PM.
Muslim woman stopped at Belagavi polling booth, asked to remove burkha
A Muslim woman was stopped from voting after she refused to remove the veil of her burkha for identification at Karnataka's Belagavi, reports ANI. She was, however, allowed entry after a female official verified her identity. [READ FULL REPORT]
Voter turnout till 3 pm
No extension of poll timing: EC
Election Commission officials have said that there is no extension of the poll timing as of now and the voting will conclude at 6 PM. People queued up outside polling stations before 6 will be allowed to vote.
Rains hit voters turnout in Hubbali, Dharwad
With heavy rains lashing parts of Hubballi and Dharwad final phase of voting is likely to get affected. Voter turnout may also get hit if rains hit Bengaluru this evening.
A majority of the 3500 residents of Chittapur taluk's Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting the elections over their demand for Gram Panchayat headquarters for their village.
Water resources minister of Karnataka M B Patil casts his vote in Babaleshwar.
High temperature hits voter turnout in Kalaburagi
43-degree Celsius temperature in Kalaburgi affects the voter turn out. Locals say, 'there was a rush at the booths in the morning, but now there is hardly any crowd at the booths as the temperature is quite high. Right now, it is more than 40 degrees.' #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/y4YAg9AZFM— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
Irate mob attacks Congress' BP Manjegowda
Tension prevailed in and around Parasanahalli follwing a mob attack on the vehicle in which the Congress candidate BP Manjegowda of Holenarasipur assembly constituency was travelling. The windshield of his the car was damaged with angry crowd abusing the candidate. A section of youth said to be the supporters of JD (S) also tried to manhandle Manjegowda who later filed a complaint against the former. Additional forces rushed to the village to quell the protesters.
Revathi, a resident of Telagodu in Belur constituency, aged 51 died of cardiac arrest after casting her vote in polling station 107 in Gendehalli. According to the police, she collapsed from the motorcycle on the way to her residence from the polling station.
JD(S) candidate campaigns outside polling booth
Active canvassing by JD (Secular) candidate P Ramesh outside polling station in CV Raman Nagar. He tells voters as they enter, "Press number 2".
52.4 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm, reports ANI.
We're not worried: Siddaramaiah
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: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to ANI
Former Foreign Minister and BJP leader SM Krishna casts his vote in a polling booth in Bengaluru.
Dakshina Kannada registered 46 per cent votes till 1 PM
Belthangadi - 52
Ullala - 47
Sulllia - 43
(All figures are in percentage)
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah casts his vote in Chamundeshwari. He is contesting from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies, reoprts ANI.
CM Siddaramaiah and his son Dr Yathindra cast their votes at Varuna constituency on Saturday. (Udayshankara S | EPS)
Karnataka registers overall voter turnout of 37 per cent till 1 PM.
Congress, BJP workers clash
Bengaluru: Clashes broke out b/w Congress & 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' #KarnatakaElection pic.twitter.com/SuXFNlI62d— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
First time voters find help online
Sri Sri Ravishankar casts his vote at a polling booth in Kanakapura.
Congress: PM Modi prayed at Nepal temples to 'influence voters'
Speaking to ANI earlier in the day, Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said, "As there is model code of conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters. This is not a good trend for democracy. Why did he only choose today as the day?"
The BJP is genuinely in contention only in 150 of Karnataka’s 224 seats. This is the reason behind the PM’s campaign strategy, writes TNIE's political editor Santwana Bhattacharya
BSY is mentally disturbed: Siddaramaiah
Confident of victory: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah
Speaking to reporters at Mysuru's Varuna, Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah expressly said that "there is no Modi wave in the state." "We are very very confident that Congress party will come back to power with complete majority," he said.
111-year-old Swamiji who never missed a poll since India's Independence sets a record in Tumakuru
The walking god ('nadedavuva 'devaru') 111-year-old Sri Shivakumara Swamiji of famous Siddaganga Mutt has cast his vote in almost all the elections held after India's independence from gram panchayath polls to the Lok Sabha polls without a miss. [FULL REPORT]
SETTING AN EXAMPLE: Centenarian Sri Shivakumara Swamiji just before casting his vote puts his signature at a polling station at Siddaganga Mutt in Tumakuru rural assembly segment on Saturday.
Voting heats up!
A security personnel quenches his thirst while at poll duty. (Express photo by D Hemanth)
I have been visiting villages in the constituency for last 1 & half years. Election campaigning didn't feel any different. Wherever I went, people expressed confidence in Congress govt: Dr Yatheendra, Congress candidate from Varuna constituency & son of Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to ANI
With wheelchairs provided by the election commission in short supply, several senior citizens had to wait a long time to cast their votes. In some cases, they took matters into their own hands and proceed to vote without waiting for a chair.
Police resort to mild Lathi charge in Raichur
Police were forced to resort to mild Lathi charge at Arab Maula in Raichur after commotion broke out between Congress candidate for Raichur urban, Syed Yasin's son, Sohail and an independent candidate Masum. Sohail was near a polling booth urging voters to cast their vote for his father to which the independent candidate objected leading to an altercation.
Ballari records 18.5 percent so far. Kampli 24.87, Siraguppa records second highest 24.50.
Kudalgi records lowest with just six per cent turn out so far.
Voting in Hebbal suspended
Voting at booth number 158/1 in RMV II stage in Hebbal suspended after voters alleged that their votes were being cast for one political party candidate irrespective of who they voted for. "People raised concerns when they realised that their votes were going to the BJP. The police was called in and polling was stalled for a brief time. My vote is in the same booth too," Brijesh Kalappa, spokersperson, Congress told Express. 49 people had voted out of a total of 1444 registered voters and every alternate vote was going to a particular party, the ECI officials said. A report would be sent on the matter to the Election Commission and re-polling at the booth is likely to happen.
Election commission officials erase lotus picture drawn in Ghantikeri near a polling station in Hubballi Dharwad East constituency. Residents and official engage in wordy duel.
Voters of Tondkal village of Gulbarga Rural constituency boycott poll for lack of good road to the village.
Tension prevailed outside a polling booth in RPC layout, Hampinagara in Vijay Nagar in the city where workers of two major parties clashed. The workers started arguing and even started beating each other. Police rushed to the spot and some people were detained.
Locals of Hogarthi village in Bailhongal taluk have boycotted elections, urging the government to immediately arrest the accused in connection to a recent murder of a pregnant woman. The deceased identified as Geeta was allegedly murdered by her husband Suresh and his parents at Hunshikatti in Kittur taluk on May 6. Police have arrested Suresh and not his parents. Villagers demand to arrest his parents too, only after which they will cast their votes.
Bengaluru witnesses traffic jams as polling heats up
With voter turnout increasing as the day progresses, several parts of Old Bengaluru witnessed traffic jams on Saturday morning. Snarls were reported from Gandhinagar, Chikpete, Chamarajpete, Azadnagar, Malleshwaram and other areas. Strict security were in place as people were asked to not park their vehicles next to the polling stations.
24 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am
24 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am. (ANI)
BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum: Kharge
"We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government", says senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge.
11 per cent voter turnout reported till 9 am
Election authorities said "moderate to brisk" voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7 am.
Govindrajnagar in BBMP limits registers highest voting percentage across state with 30% turnout by 9:30 AM. Lowest is Chitradurga with just 8% turnout.
Police observer for Kalaburagi district appointed by Election Commission Ashutosh Roy says polling is peaceful in entire district. He was speaking with press persons at a polling booth of Fartabad village of Afzalpur constituency.
K R Nagar Independent candidate Hosahalli Venkatesh who was brutally assaulted, arrived in an ambulance to cast his vote.
MLA Govind Karjol cast his vote at Mudhol constituency. It is the only reserved segment in the district.
Polling has been suspended in Uthukula village booth number 40 (Bangarpet assembly segment) due to technical problem EVM polling stopped so far 125 voters franchised their votes total voters 1029. Sector officers likely to exchange the EVM
EVM's malfunctioning at RMV II stage in Bengaluru: Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa
There are 5 booths opposite my Parent's apartment at RMV II Stage, Bengaluru. In the 2nd booth, any button pressed registers a vote ONLY to kiwi mele Kamala i.e Kamal ke phool. Angry voters are returning without casting their vote.— Brijesh Kalappa (@brijeshkalappa) May 12, 2018
First time voters show up in full force
First time voters, almost 15 lakh in number in the state elections, will play an important role in the entire poll process. On Saturday, first time voters came out in full force to ensure that their vote was recorded. With most of them undecided on whom to vote for, many said that they simply followed in their family's footsteps. Around 3% of the total voters this elections are first time voters.
Below a first time voter shows her ink mark at Vidyapeta Basavanagudi in Bengaluru.
"We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge tells ANI.
Transgender activist Akkai Padmashali casts her vote in Bengaluru
Members from Beggars Rehabilitation Centre at Pachachanadi, Mangaluru leave their home to cast votes.
Six constituencies of Uttara Kannada district registered a voter turnout of 7.73 percent till 9 AM.
A gram panchayat office, where a pink polling booth is located, has been painted all pink at Yamkanmardi, Belagavi district.
492 voters of rural Gudibande refuse to turn up to cast their vote since polling station is 3 kms away from village. Villagers raise slogans against political parties for failing to develop the village that comes under Bagepalli assembly segment of Chikballapur district.
Minister of State for Tourism Priyank Kharge exercised his franchise from Gundgurti village of Chittapur constituency. As per the inputs of Election officials, two percent votes have been recorded in Chittapur constituency.
Former India cricketer and coach Anil Kumble waits at a polling booth to cast vote with family in Bengaluru.
According to Chitradurga district election authorities two machines each at Holalkere, Chitradurga and one each machines at Challakere and Hosadurga were found fault.
The presiding officer at No 111 Sampige Siddeshwara Higher Primary School was changed for the slow progress of voting in the booth.
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Voters argue with officials over stalled voting at Numperumal booth
Voting suspended for a brief period in booth number 180 Numperumal booth (KGF Constituency) following technical problem in EVM. The voters who were standing in the queue argued with the polling staff. In the melee officials exchanged the EVM and again voting commenced.
Ten percent voting recorded in the first 2 hours of voting in Gulbarga--Rural and Jewargi constituencies of Kalaburagi district.
Till 9:15 AM on polling day, around 10.6% of the total 5.06 crore registered voters had shown up to cast their vote, an alert by the Election Commission says.
BJP MP Pralhad Joshi casts his vote with wife and daughters.
A differently-abled voter arrives at a polling station at Gandhinagar in Bengaluru with help.
EVM malfunction forces voters to wait for hours in a queue at Buddani village of Jamhakandi, Bagalkot.
Election officials seize Rs 8.90 lakh being distributed to voters at Challakere
The Flying squad team of the ECI functioning at Nannivala village of the taluk on Friday at 10.30 PM seized cash to the tune of Rs 8.90 lakh from two persons who were distributing it to the voters. READ FULL REPORT
First-time voters pose with their inked fingers in Hubballi
MP Pralhad Joshi waits for his turn
Priyank Kharge, Karnataka's IT-BT and Tourism minister casts his vote at Gundgurti village of Chittapur constituency.
Poornima a differently-abled young voter exercises her franchise for the first time at Hiresave polling station in Hassan district
Technical glitches found in seven EVMs in Shivajinagar constituency, Bengaluru. Sitting MLA Roshan Baig is in a contest with BJP's Katta Subramanya Naidu in the seat.
Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda casts his vote.
BJP's candidate for Molakalmuru and Badami, B Sriramulu performs 'Gau pooja' on polling day in Ballari. BJP's tallest ST leader Sriramulu is in a contest with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in hot seat Badami.
Viola Fernandes arrives to cast ballot in her wedding gown at Bondel of Mangaluru.
Royal scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar casts his vote
Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah thanks supporters
Four persons arrested in Kolar for poll code violation
Bus services disrupted on polling day, passengers stranded across the state
Thousands of commuters were left stranded in parts of Karnataka with a skeletal fleet of government buses plying on roads. With the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation deploying 1,493 buses and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation sparing 4,000 buses for elections, passengers were left stranded at bus terminals across Bengaluru especially.
"I am for development. If anyone wants development, they will vote for me. My victory is confirmed. I call upon all voters to exercise their votes and not waste them," Laxmi Hebbalkar, Congress candidate from Belagavi Rural
A faulty Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine at booth number 108 has stalled voting in Hubli. The machine is being replaced, and voting is yet to resume at the booth.
G T Devegowda- JD(S) candidate contesting against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari casts his vote
JD(S) state chief H D Kumaraswamy has breakfast with Adichunchanagiri mutt seer Nirmalananda swamiji on polling day
Pink Polling station only for women in Kolar
Rahul Gandhi welcomes first time voters in Karnataka.
Congress President took to twitter and urged people to cast votes in huge numbers. Gandhihad undertaken a long tour of the state over the past two months.
ಮತದಾರರು ತಮ್ಮ ಹಕ್ಕನ್ನು ತಪ್ಪದೇ ಚಲಾಯಿಸುವುದೇ ಕ್ರಿಯಾತ್ಮಕ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಸಂಕೇತ. ನಾನು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲ ಬಾರಿ ಮತ ಚಲಾಯಿಸುವ ನನ್ನೆಲ್ಲಾ ಯುವ ಸ್ನೇಹಿತರನ್ನು ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 12, 2018
ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಜನತೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಜಾಪ್ರಭುತ್ವದ ಅತೀದೊಡ್ಡ ಹಬ್ಬವನ್ನು ಸಂಭ್ರಮದಿಂದ ಆಚರಿಸಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಕೋರಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತೇನೆ.
Badami JD(S) candidate Hanamantha Mavinamarad was the first to cast vote in his polling station. Badami will witness a tough fight as Chief Minister Siddaramaiah goes up against BJP's Sriramulu.
Five per cent voting recorded at polling booth NO 240 of Shahabad polling booth belonging to Gulbarga-Rural constituency.
Techie flies down from Malaysia to cast vote in Basavanagudi
Raichur sees low voter turnout in the morning. According to Information Department, polling is progressing at a snail's pace across Raichur district on Saturday.
Voters were denied access to the polling booth to cast their vote in Government High School, Kukkikatte, Udupi because of a problem with the EVM. 200 people returned demanding extension of timing for voting.
Quick guide for first-time voters
If you are a first-time voter or need a quick revision on how to go about the voting process, here is a quick guide.
Almost 5 crore voters are exercising their voting rights in what may be one of the most closely watched elections across India in the recent past.
Former Railways Minister KH Muniyappa's daughter and INC candidate Roopa Kala Seshidhar cast her vote early in the morning at Bethamangala in Kolar Gold Fields.
Karnataka food and civil supplies minister U T Khader casts his vote
Namaste! Come on Karnataka— UT Khadér (@utkhader) May 12, 2018
Wake up & make a difference. Mangaluru Voters Kindly https://t.co/GowHnssttV your mark on history! Go and vote!! #KarnatakaElections2018 #CongressForNavaKarnataka #CongressMathomme #NavaKarnatakaNirmana @RahulGandhi @siddaramaiah pic.twitter.com/4E0LGtqaFi
Voting yet to begin at Sampige Siddeshwara HPS booth in Chitradurga city due to fault in EVM and VVPAT.
Strict security surrounds polling booths in Bengaluru. The police and security forces are strictly not allowing people to stand around, park their vehicles or loiter near polling stations in several areas including Shantinagar constituency.
Polling delayed at booth no.111 in #Hoskote due to EVM malfunctioning.Hoskote in Bangalore Rural district is the 178th constituency out of the 224 constituencies that have gone to polls. It usually witnesses the highest voter turnout every elections.
First time voter Sri Lakshmi from Hubbali-Dharwad central constituency managed to be first in line to vote
First voter R Anjanappa, who waited since 6.30 pm got to cast his vote at 7.15 pm. He comes out triumphantly saying he voted for BJP though he knows it will not win in this ward.
99-year-old woman Ningamma casts her vote in Rajajinagar in Bengaluru. She was allowed to vote first while others were in queue.
Slight delay due to technical problems when starting the EVM in Benson town, Bengaluru.
In Mangaluru, smartphones and social media keep the youth busy while they wait for their turn to cast their vote. The Chunavana app which provides polling booth details and navigation sees over 50,000 downloads on Google store.
Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda casts his vote in Puttur, stands in queue, refuses to cut the line to vote ahead of others.
Poll in Jayanagar constituency countermanded due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar.
BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa casts first vote at a booth in Shikaripura, Shivamogga.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urge people to vote.
Urging my sisters and brothers of Karnataka to vote in large numbers today. I would particularly like to call upon young voters to vote and enrich this festival of democracy with their participation.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 12, 2018
The EC will monitor booths to ensure that there are not more than 1200 voters in any booth which will ensure that the voters are not made to wait for too long. The voting booths will also have facilities like drinking water, toilets, first aid, ORS, disabled friendly measures like wheelchairs and volunteers to assist the needy.
Voters can access details of polling station on the phone by sending an SMS to 9731979899 in the following format: KAEPIC < space > Your Voter ID number otherwise called EPIC number.
Saturday will see 600 video teams moving between polling booths and 66 officials checking the video feed constantly for irregularities. Around 12,002 booths have been designated as critical across the state.