Former Chief Minister and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa casts his vote at Shikaripura.
Former Chief Minister and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa casts his vote at Shikaripura, where he is contesting from.
Speaking to presspersons later, he expressed the confidence that the BJP would come to power on its own. The administration machinery had become paralysed under the Congress rule and the government had become insensitive to the problems faced by the common people. The Congress would be dislodged from power, he said.
His sons, B.Y. Raghavendra and B.Y. Vijayendra, accompanied him.
Before leaving to exercise his franchise, Mr. Yeddyurappa with his party workers went to offer prayers at the ‘Sankata Vimochana Anjaneya’ at Shikaripura in his constituency.
Kagodu Thimmappa, Revenue Minister cast his vote in Sagar city. The district registers 21 percent polling by 11 am.
Relatively high turnout in Bengaluru
Mohit M. Rao reports:
Bengaluru is generally a laggard when it comes to voting turnout. However, long queues were seen early in the morning in many booths, and the city is neck and neck in terms of turnout with other rural constituencies.
One of the factors could be fear of rains. The past two days have seen intense rainfall in the evenings, and weathermen predict a high chance of thunderstorms in the city after 2 p.m.
However, there is also an increased interest in voting among urban voters – as evident in social media posts of inked fingers and calls by citizens urging fellow citizens to vote.
In places such as Whitefield, for instance, buses have been arranged by citizens to ferry those in gated communities to vote. While previously just 200 people had voted in this booth, this year, by 10 a.m., over 200 had already voted.
You vote, your kid gets better marks!
A parent registers herself at New Blossoms Education Society by showing her inked finger. | Photo Credit: Tanu Kulkarni
The campaigns for higher turn out often say exercising your franchise will give the next generation a better tomorrow. Some private schools in the State have given it a new spin.
The New Blossoms Education Society in Bengaluru, for instance, is awarding four marks for their students in the mid-semester examinations, provided their parents show their inked finger.
Several parents were seen queuing up outside the school. Besides this, they can also drop their names for a lucky draw.
Gender empowerment in the time of voting
Women show their voter ID cards at the ‘selfie’ spot at Gudas Government High School booth in Hukkeri Taluk.
For the first time in Karnataka, all-woman polling booths have been established across the State. Called ‘Sakhi’, these pink booths are those fully managed by women officers.
Pictures of women staff dressed in pink clothing adorn the booth. The police staff here too are women. There are women medical staff too, equipped with necessary first aid material and ORS packs.
In some pink booths, voters are greeted with roses. There are ‘selfie booths’ too in these premises.
The idea is to encourage more voters to cast their ballot without fail.
The pink booth made its debut in the Punjab Assembly polls and is being followed since then.
A Sakhi booth in Yadgir. | Photo Credit: Kumar Buradikatti
Polling delayed at some booths in Mandya
Technical glitches delayed voting at some booths in Mandya district on Saturday. The district has seven Assembly segments and 84 candidates, including Independents.
While polling started on a low note at many booths, it was brisk at some places, especially in K.R. Pet and Srirangapatna taluks.
Transgender votes for first time
Akkai Padamshali, a noted transgender activist who voted for the first time in the elections, says it has been a 16-year long time to exercise her democratic right.
Akkai Padmashali shows her ink-marked finger and voter ID card after casting her vote. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Till now, election officials had refused to enroll her as a “female” in the cards. However, earlier this year, after nearly a year of process, she was given a voters ID card. “It is a great happiness that I can finally vote,” she says.
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Transgenders flash their voter ID cards where their gender is mentioned as ‘others’ for the first time.
Several transgenders queued up to cast their votes. For many of them it the first time they are voting with the recognition of “other” category. The EPIC or voter ID cards usually carries the gender as either “Male” or “Female”. Last year, the “other” category was included.
According to data available with the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), transgender voter registration has doubled from the previous Assembly elections and 4,552 have registered this year in the State.
VVPAT machines used for voting
The voter verified paper audit trail, better known as VVPAT got a thumbs-up from many voters.
Prashanth B.R., a businessman from Hosakote says: “The machines this year are better as we get to see which candidate and party we have voted for after we press the button.”
Meanwhile, voting was delayed in Kannur in Gokak taluk after some voters complained that they were unable to see the images of the voted slip in the VVPAT unit.
Age no bar
Ghashabi, 95, from Bhimalli village in the Gulbarga Dakshin constituency exercised her franchise at 9.30 a.m.
Ghashabi, 95, of Bhimalli village in Gulbarga Dakshin constituency shows her ink-marked finger after casting her vote.
She claims that the she had witnessed the attack of Razakars (the army of Hyderabad Nizam) in 1948. She also claims that she had exercised her franchise in all the elections in Independent India.
Ghashabi is not alone. Several nonagenarians and centenarians are casting their votes. This includes the 111-year-old Siddaganga Mutt seer Shivakumara Swami.
Very senior citizens and differently-abled people are allowed directly inside the booth without standing in queue. These persons can bring a companion with them too.
Dr. Shivakumara Swami, the 111-year-old seer of Siddaganga Mutt casts his vote in Tumakuru. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement
Ola and Uber services down
Since May 11, Ola and Uber services are down as most drivers are from the old Mysuru region. They’ve gone back to their villages to vote. Ravi, a driver with Uber, went to Pavagada taluk, to vote. Venkata Reddy, a driver, went back to Sidlaghatta over the weekend to vote. “Voting is near-compulsory as the village head questions us if we don’t vote. If we vote, the village head will help us in issues in our village.”
Anil Kumble tweets out
Anil Kumble posts a selfie from the polling booth in Bengaluru.
“Waiting for our turn to vote! Urging everyone to exercise their rights as citizens!” veteran cricketer and former Team India coach Anil Kumble tweeted at 9:20 am.
An average of 10% votes have been cast till 9 am, according to the Chief Electoral officer
EC ropes in Facebook
Facebook has created reminders for its users to vote for the election on Saturday. The reminder also provides option to upload a photo to show you have voted.
Facebook is filled with posts of people posing with their inked fingers. The Election Commission of India has tied up with Facebook for its SWEEP campaign to urge more adults to exercise their franchise.
Yaduveer votes for the first time
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar shows his voter ID card while standing in a queue to cast his vote at a polling centre in Mysuru on Saturday. | Photo Credit: M.A.Sriram
Mysuru Special Correspondent reports:
Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar exercised his franchise for the first time in Mysuru. He was in the U.S. pursuing his graduation during the 2013 elections. Standing in the queue as a common man, the 25-year-old scion of the Mysuru Royal family waited for his turn and cast his ballot at a polling booth in the Krishnaraja constituency. He urged people to vote without fail as it was their responsibility.
Dakshina Kannada 7.3%
Ansil Kumar Sastry, Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada witnessed 7.3% voting by 9 a.m. Enthusiastic voters lined up in front of booths despite the heavy rains on Friday night. Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha member Nalin Kumar Kateel exercised his franchise at Lady Hill in Mangaluru.
Kumaraswamy will become CM: Revanna
Hassan Special Correspondent reports: “If the Congress comes to power, the State would face drought. I am confident, people will vote for the JD(S) hoping for a good rainy season,” Former Minister and JD(S) leader H.D. Revanna said after casting his vote at Paduvalahippe in the Holenarsipur constituency. “The JD(S) would come to power and H.D. Kumaraswamy would become Chief Minister of the State,” Mr. Revanna said. His son Prajwal Revanna seconded his father’s statement that if the Congress comes to power the State would face drought.
Rains fail to dampen voters’ spirit
Voters stand in queue to cast their vote at a booth in MS palya, in Bengaluru on Saturday. | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain
After a night of heavy rains, Bengaluru woke up to a cool morning. Several voters from across the city reached their polling booths early in the morning to cast their votes in the 2018 Assembly elections.
Polling delayed in Udupi
Voting was delayed by an hour at booth no. 186 at Kukkikatte in the Udupi Assembly constituency due to technical snag in an EVM. Polling began around 8.10 a.m. after the EVM was replaced. As there was a delayed start, the BJP demanded extension of polling at the booth by an hour.
Roads damaged in Belagavi
Many voters faced difficulties in approaching a booth in Shva Basava Nagar in Belagavi due to damaged and water-logged roads as there were heavy rains in the area on Friday night. A part of the road had been dug up for laying cables under the Smart Cities project.
Deve Gowda casts his vote
Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda arrivs at a booth in Paduvalahippe in Holenarsipur to exercise his franchise. | Photo Credit: Satish G.T.
Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, accompanied by wife Channamma, son Revanna, daughter-in-law Bhavani Revanna and grandson Prajwal, visited the Kodandarama temple next to the booth before exercising their franchise. Earlier in the day, he visited temples at Holenarsipur, Haradanahalli and Mavinakere.
Mr. Gowda exuded confidence that his parry will come to power and the situation of seeking an alliance will not arise. After casting his vote at a booth in Paduvalahippe in Holenarsipur constituency Mr. Gowda said, the Congress and the BJP had spent huge money for the elections. “Our party cannot match those parties in terms of resources. If voters support us without heeding to the resources spent, we will win. I know voters of this constituency very well,” he said, adding that he had been with them for the last 50 years.
Faulty EVMs replaced
Special Correspondent reports from Hassan: Mock polling was conducted after the electronic voting machines (EVMs), Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines and control units were replaced at Paduvalahippe polling booth in the Holenarsipur constituency in the morning.
Election officers reached the booth and replaced the machines following complaints of technical glitch in the EVMs. 29 people had voted by then.
The officers briefed the polling agents that the votes cast earlier would also be accounted for and that the EVMs used earlier would be sealed separately.
Polling was disrupted for nearly 30 minutes.
Staff Reporter from Shivamogga: Polling was stopped for 45 minutes owing to technical glitch in an electronic voting machine (EVM) at a polling station in Shanthi Nagar locality in Shivamogga segment limits.
Kumar Buradikatti reports from Yadgir: By the time a technical problem was noticed, 31 voters had cast their votes. Polling resumed after the EVM was replaced by the sector officer.
There was a brief halt in voting at Polling Station 7 in Yadgir and polling station 8 in Shorapur due to technical problems. But voting resumed after a few minutes.
Modi, Siddaramaiah and Rahul tweet
On Friday evening, while the Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in Kannada asking people of Karnataka to vote and participate in the festival of democracy, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urged the people, especially youngsters, to come out and cast their votes and celebrate the festival of democracy. Mr. Siddaramaiah also urged them to remember the ”progress of the State” in the last 5 years.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, in a tweet on Saturday, welcomed the yougsters who are voting for the first time. The voter turnout is sign of dynamic democracy, he said.
Technical glitch in EVMs at Paduvalalu, Paduvalahippe
Polling has been delayed at Paduvalalu polling station in the Belur constituency due to technical glitch in EVMs. The polling staff have informed the senior officials for replacement of the defective machines. Voters have been asked to wait until then.
Polling has been stopped at Paduvalahippe in the Holenarsipur constituency due to a technical issue in the EVMs.
Polling has been delayed at Booth no. 185 in Lamington School of Hubballi after EVMs developed technical snags.
Voting began in the 222 Assembly constituencies at 7 a.m. People were seen waiting in a long queue at a polling centre in Mysuru.