Karnataka bypolls: Voter turnout dismal so far

People queue up outside booth number 50 in Hirepadasalgi village of Jamkhandi to cast their votes  Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 03, 2018, 11.41 AM (IST)

Voter turnout has been dismal so far - ranging over 24 per cent - on poll day Saturday for the by-elections to the three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats. 

While the Bellary Lok Sabha constituency registered a voter turnout of 24.58 per cent. The voter turnout stood at 22.3 per cent in Jamkhandi, 21.5 per cent in Ramanagara, 17.37 per cent in Shimoga and 14.3 per cent in Mandya, a media report stated.

The Bellary, Shimoga, Mandya (Lok Sabha), Jamkhandi and Ramanagara (Assembly) bypolls are widely seen as an acid test for the Congress-JD(S) coalition that is taking on arch-rival BJP.  

The voter turn out recorded till 9 am in parliamentary constituencies Bellary was 4.40 per cent, Shimoga 8.61 per cent and Mandya 4.18 per cent. Legislative assembly constituencies Jamkhandi 9 per cent and Ramnagar 8 per cent. 

A total of 54 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise today. 

There are a total 31 candidates in the fray in all the five constituencies, though the contest is mainly between the Congress-JDS combine and the BJP. 

Voting began at 7 am across the five constituencies and will go on till 6 pm. Counting of votes will be on Tuesday.