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. 

Published: 12th May 2018 07:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2018 08:15 PM   |  A+A-

A total of 5.06 crore voters from across Karnataka exercised their franchise to elect a new government. (S Udayshankar | EPS)

By Online Desk

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)

07:05 May 12

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

07:04 May 12

Total turnout figure received so far is 70%: Election Commission

07:02 May 12

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.

06:33 May 12
06:32 May 12

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.

06:31 May 12

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.

06:28 May 12

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]

06:25 May 12

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


06:23 May 12

District-wise polling percentages

06:22 May 12
Tension prevailed after clashes broke between two groups at Gokak on Saturday evening. According to sources, the supporters of Congress candidate Ramesh Jarkiholi clashed with supporters of BJP candidate Ashok Pujari. The BSF force has rushed to the spot to control the situation.
06:07 May 12

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

06:06 May 12
05:56 May 12

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.

05:44 May 12

Total of 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPATs malfunctioned across state stalling voting process. Voting proceeded after units were replaced

05:34 May 12
Re-polling will take place in a polling station in Lottegollahalli, Hebbal after voting was stopped due to malfunctioning of a ballot unit.
05:33 May 12

Karnataka registers 64 per cent voter turnout till 5 PM.

04:57 May 12
04:51 May 12

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]

04:24 May 12

Voter turnout till 3 pm

While Uttara Kannada registers 56.98 per cent, Dharwad sees 50.54 per cent.
04:21 May 12

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.

04:17 May 12

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.

04:12 May 12

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.

03:43 May 12

Water resources minister of Karnataka M B Patil casts his vote in Babaleshwar.

03:38 May 12

High temperature hits voter turnout in Kalaburagi

03:24 May 12

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.

03:21 May 12

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.

03:20 May 12
At Upparapalike Government school, the voter turnout is roughly 55pc in the two polling stations. This booth has 34 endosulfan victim voters, half of who have turned up till noon. Wheelchair facility, permanent ramp installation and a jeep facility for the victims are in place. Endosulfan victims are allowed first in the queue.
03:18 May 12

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".

03:17 May 12
03:13 May 12

52.4 per cent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm, reports ANI.

03:08 May 12

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

02:47 May 12
02:47 May 12

Former Foreign Minister and BJP leader SM Krishna casts his vote in a polling booth in Bengaluru.

02:33 May 12

Dakshina Kannada registered 46 per cent votes till 1 PM

Belthangadi - 52
Moodbidre -43
North -48
South- 39
Ullala - 47
Bantwal -53
Puttur -51
Sulllia - 43
(All figures are in percentage) 

02:30 May 12

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah casts his vote in Chamundeshwari. He is contesting from Chamundeshwari and Badami constituencies, reoprts ANI.

01:54 May 12
ANI reports: Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde casts his vote at a polling booth in Bengaluru. Hegde says, 'Over the years, I feel that malpractices have increased. Distribution of sarees, alcohol, dhotis and cookers have come out in open. It is not a good sign in democracy.'
01:41 May 12



CM Siddaramaiah and his son Dr Yathindra cast their votes at Varuna constituency on Saturday. (Udayshankara S | EPS)

01:38 May 12

Karnataka registers overall voter turnout of 37 per cent till 1 PM.

01:05 May 12

Congress, BJP workers clash

01:03 May 12

First time voters find help online


01:00 May 12

Sri Sri Ravishankar casts his vote at a polling booth in Kanakapura.

12:57 May 12

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?"

12:52 May 12

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

READ HERE: Between Dharma, Yuddha and WiFI

12:46 May 12
12:40 May 12
Dharwad: BJP workers staged protest outside Booth No. 58 in Karadigudda, alleging that polling staff at the booth were asking people to vote for Congress candidate Vinay Kulkarni, reports news agency ANI. EC officials present at the spot.
12:39 May 12

BSY is mentally disturbed: Siddaramaiah

12:32 May 12

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. 


12:22 May 12

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. 

12:15 May 12
12:14 May 12

Voting heats up!


A security personnel quenches his thirst while at poll duty. (Express photo by D Hemanth)

11:56 May 12

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

11:50 May 12

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.

11:49 May 12

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.

11:48 May 12

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.

11:45 May 12

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.

11:43 May 12
11:43 May 12

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. 

11:42 May 12

Voters of Tondkal village of Gulbarga Rural constituency boycott poll for lack of good road to the village.

11:42 May 12

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.

11:40 May 12

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.

11:39 May 12

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. 

11:18 May 12

24 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am

24 per cent voter turnout recorded till 11 am. (ANI)

11:09 May 12

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.

10:51 May 12

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.


10:45 May 12

Govindrajnagar in BBMP limits registers highest voting percentage across state with 30% turnout by 9:30 AM. Lowest is Chitradurga with just 8% turnout.

10:44 May 12

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.

10:44 May 12
10:43 May 12

K R Nagar Independent candidate Hosahalli Venkatesh who was brutally assaulted, arrived in an ambulance to cast his vote. 

10:40 May 12

MLA Govind Karjol cast his vote at Mudhol constituency. It is the only reserved segment in the district.

10:38 May 12
Congress candidate and MLA Feroz Sait had been to Vishveshwariah Nagar in Belagavi north constituency to cast vote, but did not find his name in the list there. He was sent to KGID office polling booth where his name was in the list. Though the officials went to receive him, he declined to break the queue and stood in line to vote.
10:38 May 12

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

10:37 May 12

EVM's malfunctioning at RMV II stage in Bengaluru: Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa

10:36 May 12

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.



10:24 May 12

"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.

10:16 May 12

Transgender activist Akkai Padmashali casts her vote in Bengaluru


10:13 May 12
10:11 May 12
Voter turnouts in Udupi constituencies (Till 9 AM): Byndoor registers 6.43%, Kundapura 9.96%, Udupi 8.65%, Kaup 10.41%, Karkala 11.15%
10:08 May 12

Members from Beggars Rehabilitation Centre at Pachachanadi, Mangaluru leave their home to cast votes.

10:07 May 12

Six constituencies of Uttara Kannada district registered a voter turnout of 7.73 percent till 9 AM.

10:06 May 12

A gram panchayat office, where a pink polling booth is located, has been painted all pink at Yamkanmardi, Belagavi district.

10:05 May 12

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.

10:02 May 12

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.

10:00 May 12

Former India cricketer and coach Anil Kumble waits at a polling booth to cast vote with family in Bengaluru.

09:58 May 12
09:57 May 12

According to Chitradurga district election authorities two machines each at Holalkere, Chitradurga and one each machines at Challakere and Hosadurga were found fault.

09:55 May 12

The presiding officer at No 111 Sampige Siddeshwara Higher Primary School was changed for the slow progress of voting in the booth.
CLICK HERE to read full story.

09:45 May 12
09:39 May 12

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.

09:32 May 12

Ten percent voting recorded in the first 2 hours of voting in Gulbarga--Rural and Jewargi constituencies of Kalaburagi district.

09:31 May 12

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.

09:28 May 12

BJP MP Pralhad Joshi casts his vote with wife and daughters.

09:26 May 12

A differently-abled voter arrives at a polling station at Gandhinagar in Bengaluru with help.

09:24 May 12

EVM malfunction forces voters to wait for hours in a queue at Buddani village of Jamhakandi, Bagalkot.

09:24 May 12

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

09:17 May 12

First-time voters pose with their inked fingers in Hubballi

09:16 May 12

MP Pralhad Joshi waits for his turn

09:15 May 12

Priyank Kharge, Karnataka's IT-BT and Tourism minister casts his vote at Gundgurti village of Chittapur constituency.

09:14 May 12

Poornima a differently-abled young voter exercises her franchise for the first time at Hiresave polling station in Hassan district

09:13 May 12

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.

09:13 May 12

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda casts his vote.

09:12 May 12

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.

09:12 May 12

Viola Fernandes arrives to cast ballot in her wedding gown at Bondel of Mangaluru.


09:09 May 12

Royal scion Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar casts his vote

09:00 May 12

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah thanks supporters

08:56 May 12

Four persons arrested in Kolar for poll code violation

Four persons have been arrested for possessing 190 nose rings allegedly meant for distributing to voters purportedly to gain votes in favour of Congress candidate Jameer Basha. A team led by DySP Javeed Inamdar intercepted the four persons on the Kolar outskirts. Kolar rural police have initiated investigations into the matter.
08:53 May 12

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.

Commuters let stranded in Raichur

08:50 May 12

"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

08:50 May 12

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.

08:47 May 12

G T Devegowda- JD(S) candidate contesting against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Chamundeshwari casts his vote

08:47 May 12

JD(S) state chief H D Kumaraswamy has breakfast with Adichunchanagiri mutt seer Nirmalananda swamiji on polling day


08:45 May 12

Pink Polling station only for women in Kolar


08:43 May 12

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.

08:42 May 12

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.

08:40 May 12

Five per cent voting recorded at polling booth NO 240 of Shahabad polling booth belonging to Gulbarga-Rural constituency.

08:39 May 12

Techie flies down from Malaysia to cast vote in Basavanagudi

08:35 May 12

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.

08:34 May 12

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.

08:32 May 12

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.

08:29 May 12

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.

READ FULL REPORT HERE: Who is voting in Karnataka polls 2018

08:23 May 12
08:22 May 12
Labourers from Badami not to be seen in Udupi today as they are in good numbers here toiling hard as construction workers. It is said both the national parties arranged buses for them to go back to Badami to vote as it is a battleground this time.
08:21 May 12

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.

08:21 May 12

Karnataka food and civil supplies minister U T Khader casts his vote

08:20 May 12

Voting yet to begin at Sampige Siddeshwara HPS booth in Chitradurga city due to fault in EVM and VVPAT.

08:20 May 12

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.

08:17 May 12

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.

08:09 May 12

First time voter Sri Lakshmi from Hubbali-Dharwad central constituency managed to be first in line to vote


07:58 May 12
07:57 May 12

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.

07:57 May 12

99-year-old woman Ningamma casts her vote in Rajajinagar in Bengaluru. She was allowed to vote first while others were in queue.

07:54 May 12

Slight delay due to technical problems when starting the EVM in Benson town, Bengaluru. 

07:53 May 12

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.

07:53 May 12
07:52 May 12

Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda casts his vote in Puttur, stands in queue, refuses to cut the line to vote ahead of others.


07:48 May 12

Poll in Jayanagar constituency countermanded due to the death of BJP candidate B N Vijayakumar.

07:40 May 12
07:36 May 12

BJP state President B S Yeddyurappa casts first vote at a booth in Shikaripura, Shivamogga.

07:36 May 12

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urge people to vote.

07:35 May 12

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. 

07:34 May 12

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.

07:34 May 12

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. 


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