Karnataka polls: Adequate security deployed for fair counting, assures EC Chief

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Counting of votes for Karnataka Assembly elections has begun at counting centres across the state. Though the full results will only be declared sometime after noon, the trends will begin coming in within the first hour of counting, giving an initial picture of which way Karnataka has swayed. In Bengaluru, the police commissioner T Suneel Kumar has passed prohibitory orders under Section 144, which will be lifted on Sunday 6pm. The candidates have also been barred from any celebrations, bursting crackers etc at polling booths. If the viewers are not able to watch Karnataka Elections LIVE on TV, they can catch all the latest information and live updates about the Karnataka Polls 2018 here.

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night".

Election officials had said yesterday that an estimated 70 per cent of the electors had cast their votes. Some have said the Congress led by its chief ministerial Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while the others have shown the BJP with maximum seats.

The situation around the centre is said to be under control; however, the election-governing body, earlier, noted that a marginal percentage of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) failures has been reported. 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.

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Election in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to May 28 due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

There were 15.42 lakh new voters, all in the age group of 18-19.

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