The 72.13 percent voter turnout for the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest recorded in the state since the 1952 polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on Saturday. 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. Here we have visuals of opening of the counting centre at Chamundeshwari.
The prohibitory orders across Karnataka will remain in place till Tuesday midnight. The Police have also banned celebrations, processions and bursting of crackers around the 38 counting centers in the state.
Of the 58,008 polling stations across the state, 12,002 were labelled "critical", and over 3,50,000 polling personnel were on duty during the day.
Bengalureans have been at the receiving end for registering a voter turnout of just 55.34% this Assembly elections.
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Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers yesterday, he said.
"Hoskote and Ramanagaram, adjacent constituencies to the city, have recorded over 80% turnout, and have clean electoral rolls unlike the city". It was 65 percent in 2008 and 2004, 69 percent in 1989 and 1994, and 69 percent in the 1990 Assembly election.
Noting that over 2,600 candidates were in the fray including 2,400 men and over 200 women, he said that the total number of voters, including service electors were 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 were male, 2,50,09,904 female and 5,055 transgender. The election in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru has been postponed. New voters are 15,42,000 in the 18-19 age group.
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).