Counting begins; postal votes taken up first

Doris Richards
May 16, 2018

Voting for 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies began across Karnataka at 7 am today.

The postal votes would be the first to be counted.

With the recent Karnataka exit polls having ended, the counting has begun where Bengalaru has been shown to be as having the least turn out indicating an unchanged trend which it has seen in the previous years as well. Here we have visuals of opening of the counting centre at Chamundeshwari.

"She did pour kerosene on herself, but was overpowered by the police and polling station officials and after counselling, she cast her vote and left", he said.

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 state has over 5.07-crore electorate, including 2.62-crore men and 2.5-crore women.

The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4. Its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested 21 seats.

The immediate political lesson is that the way Karnataka has voted will offer some clues about the road ahead for not only the two major national parties but also the regional parties, with the Janata Dal (Secular) acting as a proxy for the third group. "The voting percentage seems to be low in Bengaluru due to the large number of duplicate entries", PG Bhat, a retired naval officer and software professional who has conducted elaborate studies on behalf of the Citizen Matters NGO, was quoted as saying by a report in Money Control.

Among the prominent candidates are Chief Minister Siddaramaiah from Chamundeshwari district in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot and his son Yatindra from Varuna in Mysuru. The youngsters were discussing the state of politics in Karnataka and the country and their enthusiasm towards the election.

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