Gradually gaining momentum, 56 per cent voter turnout was recorded as of 3pm on Saturday in the 222 constituencies that went to polls.
Around five crore people are eligible to vote in Karnataka, where pollsters have predicted that the close fight between the Congress of both Chief MinisterSiddaramaiah and its principal challenger, " the BJP. After numerous campaigns and war of words, finally, the polling for the high-stakes assembly elections is here to decide the fate of the top parties. It was 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004, 69 per cent in the 1989 and 1994 and 69 per cent in the 1990 elections, he said.
Kumar said re-election would take place in a polling station at Lottegollahalli in Hebbal constituency here since an electronic voting machine developed a glitch.
Voting in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwarinagar (RR Nagar) Constituency where almost 10,000 voter ID cards were found in a flat this week has been deferred to May 28, the Election Commission decided on the eve of Karnataka Assembly elections.
The Congress had earlier responded to attempts to link the election ID cards to its candidate as a conspiracy, accusing the BJP of enacting the "drama" of raiding an apartment owned by a local BJP leader and planting "fake evidence".
Out of the 224 seats, 36 of them are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), while 15 of them are for Scheduled Tribes (Sts).
A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and the 4.96-crore-strong electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes.
There were 15.42 lakh new voters, all in the age group of 18-19.
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