A total of 52.4 per cent voters have exercised their franchise till 3 pm
Voting is under way on Saturday in 222 of the 224 constituencies in Karnataka and it will go on till 6 p.m.
Faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs), VVPAT-mismatch, technical glitches disrupted polling in several parts of the State, but that didn’t deter voters from casting their ballot. Despite Friday night rains, voters turn out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
While the Congress is seeking a second term, the BJP is aiming to firm up its label as a pan-Indian party by winning the election. The Janata Dal (Secular) is contesting in alliance with the BSP and the AIMIM.
Election in the R.R. Nagar constituency in Bengaluru has been postponed following the seizure of over 9,000 voter ID cards. Election in Jayanagar in the city has also been countermanded following the demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA Vijay Kumar.
Here are the live updates:
72% voter turn out in Dakshin Kannada
About 72.05 per cent voters have exercised their their franchise till 5:00 p.m. A total of 79.07 per cent, the highest number of people, came out to vote in Bantwal.
Belthangadi – 78%
South Karnataka- 64.93%
Ullala – 71.51%
Sulllia – 75.30%
Repoll in Lottegollahalli booth
Chief Electoral Officer announces repoll at Lottegollahalli in the Hebbal Assembly segment due to faulty ballot units.
Earlier in the day, voting was suspended in booth number 2, Hebbal Assembly constituency after several voters complained that VVPAT receipt was different from the vote they cast on the EVM.
As many as 49 voters sought permission to cast their votes again since their choice and the candidate they voted for according to VVPAT differed.
So far, 164 polling units, 157 control units and 470 VVPAT machines malfunctioned across the State.
Polling was interrupted for 20 minutes in Kittanur in Mahadevapura after a snake was found close to the polling booth.
Meanwhile, a false news is reportedly being circulated in instant messaging platforms that voting time has been extended till 6.30 pm. Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad S.B. Bommanhalli has clarified that no communication with regard to extension had been received so far.
Ballari DC Ramprasath Manohar clarified: “Polling will come to an end at 6.00 pm. At 6.00 pm, whoever is standing in queue will be given tokens for voting. Only those with tokens would be allowed to vote.”
52% polling till 3 pm
A total of 52.4 per cent voters have exercised their franchise till 3 pm. Udupi and Bengaluru (rural) have polled 62 per cent — the highest, while Bengaluru (North) has polled 39 per cent — the lowest.
It may be noted that Bengaluru (Rural) had polled just 57.3 per cent in the 2013 Assembly elections.
In Hubbali, heavy downpour coupled with strong winds, thunder and lightning forced voters to stay indoors during afternoon.