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Karnataka Elections 2018, Voting Commences For 222 Constituencies

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| May 12 , 2018 , 17:28 IST

The polling for the Karnataka Legislative Assembly began on Saturday after a high pitched campaign by the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party for almost three months. Votes are being cast for 222 of 224 constituencies. Polling has been postponed in Jayanagar seat following the demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA BN Vijaya Kumar who died of a heart attack last week.

Similarly, polling for Rajrajeshwarinagar assembly seat where a thousand voter cards were found in a flat has been postponed to 28 May.

ECI said it was imperative to defer the election for the time being so that the "vitiating effect of the distribution of money and gift items to the electors loses its intensity" and the ID cards were returned to the voters.

Around 5 crore voters will choose from 2685 candidates in 222 assembly constituencies.

People have been queuing up outside polling booth across the state. 

Karnataka Elections is being seen as the run-up to upcoming assembly elections in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh and is widely understood to set the tone for 2019 General Elections.

BJP’s Chief Ministerial Candidate BS Yeddyurappa casted his vote in Shikarpur booth in the Shimoga assembly earlier this morning.

Incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is contesting from Chamundeswari and Badami seats.

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The results for the 222 seats will be announced on May 15.