Karnataka Election 2018: Polling ends across state, 70 per cent voter turnout so far

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EC confirms end of polling in Karnataka

The Election Commission has confirmed that except a few polling stations where people are still standing in line and voting, polling has been completed in almost all polling stations of the 222 seats, news agency ANI reported. The EC added that voter turnout so far is 70 per cent.

Posted by Niharika Banerjee
Karnataka records 64 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm

Karnataka recorded 64 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm as polling for the high stakes Assembly election ended today. State electoral officials said that the highest polling was recorded in Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara at 76 per cent, while Bengaluru Urban had the lowest at 48 per cent. Polling was held for 222 of the 224 seats in Karnataka today. The results of the much-anticipated election will be out on May 15. Meanwhile, follow India Today’s live updates on the exit poll here.

India Today-Axis My India exit poll for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018

With polling ending across Karnataka, all eyes now will be on Tuesday, May 15, when results of the high-stakes election will be announced. Meanwhile, Indiatoday.in is live blogging the India Today-Axis My India exit poll for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018.

You can follow the exit poll updates here.

Polling ends

Polling has come to an end across Karnataka.

Voting in its final moments

Good evening,

Voting for the 15th Karnataka Assembly has entered its final phase. With more than 64 per cent people having cast their vote until 5 PM, the polling has by-and-large been peaceful. There were reports of some EVMs not working at some booths but it was soon rectified by polling officials. Elections officials were also occasionally challenged by some selfie-enthusiasts who also posted their picture on social media apps.

In another incident reported from Ramagondanahalli in Mahadepura constituency, a party worker was reportedly seen handing money to a voter. However, these incidents can’t deny the fact that majority of the state turned out in numbers to cast their vote. We saw a newlywed couple turn up for voting straight after their marriage. Surprisingly, Bengaluru is seeing a low voter turnout when compared to the rural areas. If you are around a polling booth and not exercised your vote, do it now.

17:37 PM IST
Posted by Niharika Banerjee
Repolling in Bengaluru’s Lottegollahalli

Repolling will take place in a polling station in Hebbal assembly constituency’s Lottegollahalli in Bengaluru after a ballot unit malfunctioned today. Polling at station number two was stopped due to EVM failure. The repolling is likely to take place day after tomorrow. The Chief Election Officer will update the final date later this evening.

17:29 PM IST
Posted by Niharika Banerjee
Voting percentage update at 5 pm

Poll-bound Karnataka has seen a voter turnout of 64 per cent till 5 pm with a possible error of two per cent. Polling in the state has now entered its final hour.

16:51 PM IST
Posted by Ekta Handa

Rains hit parts of Hubli in Karnataka forcing voters to take shelter in polling station.

Voters in Kalaburagi village boycotting Karnataka election

Residents of Chittapur taluk’s Tarkaspet village in Kalaburagi district are boycotting election over their demand for Gram Panchayat headquarters for their village.

Parties caught bribing voters outside polling booths

BJP and Congress activists were caught on camera handing out Rs 500-600 per vote just outside polling booths. India Today’s investigative journalists filmed the electoral bribing between 10 am and noon in Bengaluru South, where the Congress party’s RK Ramesh and the BJP’s sitting MLA, M Krishnappa, were in the fray.