Bengaluru, May 14: The Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 results will be declared on Tuesday, May 15. The counting of votes for the Karnataka Vidhana Soudha polls will begin at 8 am tomorrow and the first trends are expected to be out by 8.30 am. Ahead of counting of votes, security has been tightened across the state and prohibitory orders will be put in place from Monday evening. Heavy security is being deployed at the 38 counting centres in Karnataka, five of which are in Bengaluru.
The prohibitory orders across Karnataka will remain in place till Tuesday midnight. At least 100 security personnel have been deployed at each counting centre and entry has been made limited to those who have authorisation. The candidates have also been barred from any celebrations, bursting crackers etc at polling booths.
Meanwhile, repolling is underway polling booth number 20 and 21 in Kushtagi assembly constituency and Hebbala constituency’s Lottagollanahalli booth number 2. The repolling was necessitated due to technical errors on May 12, when polling was held across the 222 constituencies that went to vote.
Karnataka witnessed a record 72.13 per cent voter turnout on Saturday, the highest since the 1952 assembly polls. “The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night. By midnight, the figures showed that it was 72.13 per cent,” Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said.
Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers yesterday, he said. Kumar said the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a turnout of 71.45 per cent, which was the highest in the last six Assembly elections. 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.
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. The Election Commission has deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar seat to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in a Bengaluru apartment.
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). Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women. There were 15.42 lakh new voters, all in the age group of 18-19.
A majority of exit polls have predicted a hung Assembly in Karnataka even as they seem to have given out a mixed picture of which party will emerge as the single largest party. While two exit polls have predicted that the Congress is likely to emerge as the single largest party, three have predicted the BJP emerging as the single largest party. With exit poll predictions turning out to be a mixed bag, all eyes on May 15, when counting of votes for Karnataka elections will take place.