Bengaluru, May 12: Voting in Karnataka began on Saturday at 8 AM to elect 222 legislators to its assembly under a thick security blanket. The counting of votes will be held on May 15. The polling for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 is being held in 222 out of 224 seats in a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S). Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray-- more than 2400 men and over 200 women. The election in south Bengaluru’s Jayanagar constituency was countermanded following the death of the BJP candidate.
The Election Commission on Friday deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar constituency to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in an apartment. The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar.
According to a PTI report, the total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters. Officials said 58,008 polling stations have been set up across the state, of which 12002 have been designated as "critical", with over 3,50,000 polling personnel on duty.
Reports inform that Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polls that will go on till 6 pm. Counting of votes will take place on May 15. "82,157 people have been deployed for poll duty that includes DSPs, home guards and civil defence, and forest guards and watchers, Karnataka DGP Neelamani N Raju said. This also includes about 7,500 personnel from states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra Chattisgarh, Kerala and Goa, she said, adding, central forces have been deployed.