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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: 61% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm


Bengaluru: Karnataka is all set to vote today for electing its 15th Legislative Assembly after a fortnight-long bitter campaign by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). Vote count will take place on May 15.

“Preparations have been made to conduct a free and fair polling in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies across the state amid tight security,” state Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told reporters here on Saturday.

The Election Commission (EC) on Friday postponed voting in Bengaluru’s Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar segment to May 28 in the voter ID cards case, and earlier countermanded polling in the city’s Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant B.N. Vijay Kumar on May 4. A single-phase polling will be held in 222 constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) and 26 in Bengaluru from 7.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.

Here are the Live updates of Karnataka Assembly Elections: 

JD(S)’s HD Deve Gowda casts his vote in Holenarasipura town.


87-year-old wheelchair-borne woman casts her vote in Shimoga.


Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde stands in queue to cast his vote.


A bride casts her vote in Madikeri right before her wedding.


CM Siddaramaiah says Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed.


BJP workers staged protest outside Booth No. 58 in Karadigudda

Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah says he is confident that Congress party will win with majority.

BJP leader B.Sriramalu casts his vote


24% voter turnout recorded till 11 am

10.6% voting recorded till 9 am

Former Indian captain Anil Kumble casts his vote with his family.

HD Deve Gowda casts his vote and says,  ‘We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.’

Due to complaints over the functioning of EVMs, voting is yet to begin at some polling stations.


Voting for high voltage Karnataka polls begins.