Karnataka polls: Adequate security deployed for fair counting, assures EC Chief

Voters posing with their ID cards during the recent election

Police have banned celebrations and bursting of crackers around 38 counting centres; additional forces have been deployed.

The voting in the single-phase poll in the state took place on May 12 and the counting of votes is scheduled for tomorrow. The Indian Express will also analyse the results beginning from, 8 AM. Here we have visuals of opening of the counting centre at Chamundeshwari.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, in that order, have been the highest poll-time spenders in the country, it said.

The turnout was marginally better than the 2013 polls, which at 71.45 percent, was the previous highest recorded voter turnout in the last six Assembly elections in Karnataka.

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.

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Both Congress and BJP have been vying hard to ensure its victory in Karnataka, which is one of the few states where the Congress is still in power.

The Karnataka Assembly has 224 seats and a party or an alliance needs 112-seats to stake a claim to form the government.

The Exit Polls have failed to predict a party that will emerge a victor as a clear majority.

Speaking to reporters here, Chief Electoral Officer, Sanjeev Kumar said the polling was peaceful in the state barring a 58-year-old man dying of cardiac arrest in a hospital after collapsing in a polling station in Belthangadi taluk and a 58-year-old woman in Haveri trying to immolate herself at a polling station to protest the lack of infrastructure in her village. Voter turnout in excess of 75 percent were reported from the Vokkaliga-dominated belt of south Karnataka - comprising the constituencies of Mandya, Hassan, Mysore, Bengaluru Rural and Chikaballapur - where the electoral battle is essentially between the ruling Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) of former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, the report said.

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