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Voters stand in queue outside a polling booth during the Karnataka elections, at Hundi village in Mysore on Saturday. Photo: PTI
Voters stand in queue outside a polling booth during the Karnataka elections, at Hundi village in Mysore on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Karnataka elections highlights: 70% voter turnout, exit polls predict hung assembly

Voting has ended for Karnataka Elections 2018—a triangular contest between Congress, BJP and the JDS—and exit polls so far are predicting a close fight. Here are the live updates

BANGALORE : Polling for the high stakes Karnataka elections—a tripartite contest between the Congress, BJP and the JDS, recorded a 64% voter turnout till 5pm, state election commission officials said after voting ended at 6pm. The final polling percentage is still being still being worked out, they said.According to the EC, the highest polling was recorded in Chikkaballapura and Ramanagara at 76%, while Bengaluru Urban had the lowest at 48%. Polling was held for 222 of the 224 seats. Counting of votes will take place on 15 May.Meanwhile, results exit polls have started trickling in with the first one predicting a hung assembly.Here are the Karnataka elections live updates:

12 May 2018, 07:34:00 PM IST

70% voter turnout in Karnataka elections

The high stakes Karnataka assembly elections saw a 70% voter turnout today, the Election Commission said in New Delhi. The last assembly election in 2013 had witnessed 71.4% polling, it said. The polling figure is likely to go up as some voters were still queued up at the polling stations after 6 pm. (PTI)

12 May 2018, 07:18:00 PM IST

Karnataka exit polls: India TV, NDTV, ABP-C-Voter predict hung assembly

India TV: Congress: 97 seats; BJP: 87 seats; JDS: 35 seats; Others: 2-3 seatsNDTV: Congress: 72-78 seats; BJP: 102-110 seats, JDS: 35-39 seats; Others: 3-5 seatsABP and C-Voter: Congress: 87-99 seats; BJP: 97-109 seats; JDS: 21-30 seats; Others: 1-8 seats

12 May 2018, 06:56:00 PM IST

A look at the other Karnataka exit polls and what they are predicting

Republic TV: Congress: 73-82 seats; BJP: 95-114 seats, JDS: 32-43; Others: 2-3 seatsIndia Today-Axis: Congress: 106-118 seats; BJP: 79-92 seats; JDS: 22-30 seatsNews X-CNS: Congress: 72-78 seats; BJP: 102-110 seats; JDS: 35-39 seats; Others: 3-4

12 May 2018, 06:45:00 PM IST

Karnataka exit polls: Times Now predicts hung assembly

Times Now’s Karnataka exit poll has predicted a hung assembly with Congress winning 90-103 seats, 80-93 seats for the BJP and 31-39 seats for the JDS.Opinion polls have forecast neither the BJP or Congress would emerge as a clear winner when Karnataka election results are declared on 15 May. Such an outcome could result in JDS, taking the role of kingmaker in the 224-member state assembly.

12 May 2018, 06:12:00 PM IST

Polling for Karnataka elections ends, 64% voter turnout recorded till 5pm

Polling for Karnataka assembly elections has ended. According to the Election Commission, 64.35% voter turnout recorded till 5pm. Re-polling will take place in Hebbal assembly constituency’s polling booth number 2 after polling was stopped due to EVM failure, reported ANI.In Badami, polling booth numbers 142, 143 and 144 in Tipu Nagar witness less turnout of voters. Locals say turnout is low as many residents are out of the district due to lack of employment here, according to ANI. Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah is contesting against BJP’s Sriramulu from Badami constituency. (PTI)

12 May 2018, 05:19:00 PM IST

Congress leader claims EVM tampering in Bengaluru

Congress leader Brijesh Kalappa claimed that an EVM at a polling booth in Bengaluru was registering votes only for BJP irrespective of which button was pressed, according to an HT report.

12 May 2018, 04:04:00 PM IST

Kalburagi district: Majority of villagers in Tarkaspet boycott Karnataka elections

A majority of residents in Chittapur taluk’s Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting Karnataka elections 2018, according to ANI. The residents are demanding gram panchayat headquarters for their village, it adds.“Majority of the 3500 residents of Chittapur taluk’s Tarkaspet village in Kalburagi district are boycotting #KarnatakaElections2018 over their demand for Gram Panchayat headquarters for their village,” ANI tweet said.

12 May 2018, 03:38:00 PM IST

43-degree Celsius temperature affects voter turnout in Kalaburgi

12 May 2018, 03:16:00 PM IST

Karnataka election: Voting percentage at 53% till 3pm

53% of voter turnout has been registered till 3pm in the Karnataka election, according to PTI. At 1pm, the highest of 47% voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada district, while Bengaluru urban had registered the lowest turnout of 28%, according to state electoral authorities.

12 May 2018, 03:06:00 PM IST

PM Modi’s image has declined, says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah furthered his no-holds barred attack on the BJP and its leadership on Saturday as the polling is underway in the 222 out of 224 assembly constituencies. Siddaramaiah called BJP president Amit Shah “a comedy show” and also questioning PM Modi’s popularity.“This Amit Shah is like a comedy show and Narendra Modi’s image has drastically declined, his speeches are completely hollow and have made no impact on the voters of Karnataka. Therefore we are not worried,” ANI quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.

12 May 2018, 03:03:00 PM IST

Karnataka will begin a change that India needs the most, says Siddaramaiah

12 May 2018, 01:45:00 PM IST

37% voter turnout recorded till 1pm

An overall 33.42% voter turnout has been recorded in Karnataka elections has been recorded till 1pm, amid sporadic incidents of violence and allegations and counter-allegations by the BJP and the Congress. Polling will end at 5pm.

12 May 2018, 01:37:00 PM IST

BJP is openly supporting JDS, they have put up a dummy candidate here: Siddaramaiah on Chamundeshwari constituency

12 May 2018, 01:04:00 PM IST

Congress, BJP workers clash outside polling booth in Hampi Nagar

12 May 2018, 12:48:00 PM IST

Dakshina Kannada, Udupi record highest 31% voting till 11am, says EC

According to state electoral authorities, the highest 31% voting was recorded in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts respectively at 11am, while Bengaluru urban recorded the lowest at 17%. Moderate to brisk polling was reported from all over the state, officials said. Meanwhile, among other senior leaders, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge cast his vote in Basavanagar, Shivakumara Swami of Siddaganga Matha votes in Tumakuru, BJP’s B Sriramalu casts his vote in Bellary.Sriramalu is contesting from two constituencies—Molakalmuru, a Congress bastion, and Badami, where he is pitted against current chief minister Siddaramaiah.

12 May 2018, 12:34:00 PM IST

Karnataka Elections: BJP workers protest in Dharwad’s Karadigudda

12 May 2018, 12:32:00 PM IST

‘Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed,’ says Siddaramaiah

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah on Saturday said that he is “very-very confident” that Congress will return to power with complete majority. The incumbent also said that the Congress “will get more than 120 seats,” while also attacking his BJP challenger and former CM B S Yeddyurappa.“We are very-very confident that Congress party will come back to power with complete majority. Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. Congress will get more than 120 seats. I am very confident,’ ANI quoted Siddaramaiah as saying.

12 May 2018, 12:02:00 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi asks people to participate in ‘festival of democracy’ by voting

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged the people of Karnataka to participate in the “festival of democracy” by voting in large numbers. Gandhi also welcomed first-time voters to take part in the electoral process. “Voter exercising his right without fail is the sign of functional democracy. I welcome all my young friends who are casting their vote for first time in Karnataka,” Gandhi said in a tweet in Kannada. “I request people of Karnataka to celebrate this biggest festival of democracy in large numbers with fervour, and make it successful,” he said. (PTI)

12 May 2018, 11:46:00 AM IST

Modi planned to pray in Nepal just to influence voters, says Congress’ Ashok Gehlot

12 May 2018, 11:29:00 AM IST

Janata Dal Secular’s H D Kumaraswamy casts vote, confident of win in Karnataka Elections

12 May 2018, 11:21:00 AM IST

24% voter turnout till 11am in Karnataka Elections

Voter turnout in the ongoing Karnataka election has spiked to 24% till 11am, after a moderate start in the morning. It was recorded at nearly 11% till 9am.

12 May 2018, 10:54:00 AM IST

Sri Sri Ravishankar casts vote in Kanakpura

12 May 2018, 10:48:00 AM IST

11% voter turnout in first two hours of voting

About 11% polling was today recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka elections—a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and the JDS. Election authorities said “moderate to brisk” voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7am.People were seen standing in queues to cast their votes in the early hours itself, factoring in that the temperature may go up later in the day. Also, it has been raining in different parts of south interior Karnataka for the last couple of days during the evening hours. Senior citizens were seen in good numbers standing in queues at various polling stations to cast their votes early.There are reports about delay in polling due to some technical issues with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) from different parts of the state. Election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru has been countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar. (PTI)

12 May 2018, 10:32:00 AM IST

We are confident, BJP to not win more than 70 seats, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Saturday expressed confidence that his party is coming to power in Karnataka. Kharge also said that the BJP won’t get past 70 seats.“We are confident. BJP will not win more than 60-70 seats maximum, forget getting 150. They are just dreaming of forming the Government,” ANI quoted Kharge as saying.

12 May 2018, 09:53:00 AM IST

Voting continues, eminent people cast their vote

Voting in Karnataka elections is gradually picking up pace with many eminent people, politicians and others joining the people to cast their vote on Saturday to elect 222 legislative assembly members in a high-stake battle between the BJP, Congress and JDS.On Saturday morning, Moorusavir Math’s Gurusidda Rajayogindra Mahaswami cast his vote in Hubli, Mysuru’s erstwhile royal Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar voted in Mysuru. Karnataka minister K.J. George, who is contesting from Sarvagnanagar constituency, cast his vote in Bengaluru. BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar cast his vote at Karnataka Reddyjana Sangha in Bengaluru’s Koramangala.

12 May 2018, 09:42:00 AM IST

Karnataka voting: Former PM HD Deve Gowda casts vote in Hassan

12 May 2018, 09:37:00 AM IST

Voter turnout recorded at 10.6% till 9am

About 11% polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka. Election authorities said “moderate to brisk” voting has been witnessed in 222 out of 224 seats where polling began at 7am. The larger national trend of dominant castes losing their political power would continue among Vokkaligas and Lingayats in Karnataka—suggesting a large-scale shift in India’s electoral politics. Know why

12 May 2018, 09:28:00 AM IST

PM Modi urges young voters to join ‘festival of democracy’

12 May 2018, 09:24:00 AM IST

BJP’s Yeddyurappa, Sadananda Gowda cast their vote in Karnataka elections

BJP CM candidate B.S. Yeddyurappa and Union minister and BJP leader Sadananda Gowda cast their vote in Shimoga and Puttur, respectively. ANI quoted Yeddyurappa as saying that the people of Karnataka are fed up with the Siddaramaiah government. “I assure the people of Karnataka that I’m going to give good governance,” Yeddyurappa said.

12 May 2018, 09:16:00 AM IST

Karnataka election: BJP’s Srimalau takes on CM Siddaramaiah in Badami

BJP’s B. Sriramalu performed ‘gau pooja’ (cow worship) before casting his vote. The Congress party on Friday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission of India seeking his immediate disqualification of Sriramalu who is considered close to the controversial Reddy brothers.

12 May 2018, 09:08:00 AM IST

Karnataka Elections: Faulty VVPAT machine at booth no 108 being replaced in Hubli

12 May 2018, 08:58:00 AM IST

Karnataka elections: Political heavyweights in the fray

Four candidates have served as chief minister of Karnataka are in the fray—current incumbent Siddaramaiah (Chamundeshwari and Badami), B. S. Yeddyurappa (Shikaripura), H. D. Kumaraswamy (Chennapatna and Ramanagara) and Jagadish Shettar (Hubli-Dharwad Central.)Mint’s Jayachandran, with his political cartoon, tells the story of a power game that was the Karnataka election campaign and how it became a national obsession.

12 May 2018, 08:57:00 AM IST

Sakhi: All women-managed polling station in Karnataka Elections

For the first time in Karnataka Elections, one all women-managed polling station (Sakhi) has been set up in all rural assembly constituencies and five in each urban constituency (totalling 600 polling stations). (PTI)In other news, startup founders in Bengaluru are not overtly concerned about the Karnataka elections. Know why

12 May 2018, 08:52:00 AM IST

Siddaramaiah tweets, hopes to create new history in Karnataka Elections

12 May 2018, 08:48:00 AM IST

Karnataka Elections: EC starts SMS-based polling station access, queue status facility

In Karnataka Elections this time, the state electoral authorities have also taken certain new initiatives such as SMS-based polling station access, app-based polling station access and navigation and queue status facility for a few polling stations with higher voter population. Some special polling stations with ethnic look in primitive tribal areas have been established on a pilot basis. (PTI)

12 May 2018, 08:45:00 AM IST

Karnataka Elections: Over 2,600 candidates’s fate to be decided today

Over 2,600 candidates are in the poll fray—more than 2400 men and over 200 women. The total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 male voters, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender voters. Officials said 58,008 polling stations have been set up across the state, of which 12002 have been designated as “critical”, with over 3,50,000 polling personnel on duty. Police have made elaborate security arrangements for the smooth conduct of polls that will go on till 6pm. Know key numbers in Karnataka elections to understand what’s at stake in today’s voting.

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