Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes for Karnataka Assembly election 2018 at a polling station in Mangaluru. Photograph: PTI
All eyes are on the southern state where Congress is trying hard to retain power, while the BJP is making all efforts to unseat the ruling party and grab power after losing at its hands five years ago.
May 12, 2018, 06:50 AM
Karnataka is voting today for electing its 15th Legislative Assembly after a fortnight-long bitter campaign by the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S). The vote count will take place on May 15.
All eyes are on the southern state where Congress is trying hard to retain power, while the BJP is making all efforts to unseat the ruling party and grab power after losing at its hands five years ago. The polling across Karnataka in 223 of the 225-member Assembly will be held in a single phase.
May 12, 2018, 06:57 AM
Almost five crore citizens of Karnataka will visit polling booths to exercise their franchise to elect their representatives to the state assembly on Saturday
May 12, 2018, 07:04 AM
BJP's Yeddyurappa hopes for a swift win against Congress today.
It is an auspicious day, everyone should come out & vote. We (BJP) will get more than 150 seats & I'm gonna make the government on 17th May: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/Q5aD0sXQ3F— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
People are fed up with the Siddaramaiah government. I urge the people to come out & vote for BJP. I assure the people of Karnataka that I'm going to give good governance: BS Yeddyurappa, BJP. #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/vZ8pxpDu3q— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
May 12, 2018, 07:09 AM
The polling will continue till 6 pm in 58,546 polling stations each, equipped with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails. (VVPATs).
May 12, 2018, 07:21 AM
The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister HD Deve Gowda's JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker, according to most surveys and opinion polls.
May 12, 2018, 08:28 AM
Elections to R.R. Nagar has been postponed after over 9,000 voter ID cards were seized in the constituency. Voters from Jayanagar, too, won't be exercising their franchise on May 12 as the elections were deferred after the demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA Vijay Kumar.
May 12, 2018, 08:52 AM
Urban polling booths see heavy voter turnout. Rural not so much
Long queues were seen at several polling stations across the state even before polling began. People, especially morning walkers, queued up in polling stations in Bengaluru, Mysuru and other urban centres. In Bengaluru, cloudy morning seemed to have enthused voters while morning rain seemed to be playing spoilsport in other parts of the state, including Kodagu.
In Rajarajeshwari Nagar constituency in Bengaluru, where elections were postponed at the last minute on Friday evening, some voters who had no clue about the deferring, are visiting polling booths and returning disappointed.
May 12, 2018, 08:53 AM
Voters to use NOTA for first time in Karnataka Assembly polls
Voters will get to use the NOTA (None of the Above Option) for the first time in the Karnataka election.
May 12, 2018, 08:53 AM
Gender demographics of the voters eligible to vote today
Over 4.96 crore voters, including 2.52 crore men, 2.44 crore women and over 4,500 people who identify themselves as 'transgenders', have registered to vote.
A total of 15.42 lakh voters, aged 18-19, have registered to cast their ballot for the first time.
May 12, 2018, 09:05 AM
May 12, 2018, 09:14 AM
Siddaramaiah says people of Karnataka queue up to create history
Today People of Karnataka are standing in queues to create history & show the nation the way to liberal, progressive, peaceful & compassionate politics & governance.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 12, 2018
I thank them for their support & wish them well. https://t.co/XC662rENDI
May 12, 2018, 09:15 AM
Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli
A faulty Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine at booth number 108 has stalled voting here.
The machine is being replaced, and voting is yet to resume at the booth.
Voting for 222 seats out of 224-member assembly began across Karnataka at 7 am today.
The polling, which began at 58,546 polling stations, each equipped with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs, will conclude at 6 pm.
A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and 4.96-crore electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes, in the Karnataka polls.
Over 15 lakh people are first-time voters in the 18-19 age group.
May 12, 2018, 09:26 AM
Talking to the media after casting his vote, JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda said, ‘We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.’
May 12, 2018, 09:41 AM
Polling percentage stands at 10.6% as of 9.15 am: EC
The Election Commission said the voter turnout across Karnataka stood at 10.6 percent on Saturday morning till 9.15 am. Voting for the Karnataka Assembly election began at 7 am.
May 12, 2018, 09:43 AM
Expect possibility of forming government: HD Deve Gowda
JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda cast his vote at polling booth number 24 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district on Saturday morning. "We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well," he said.
May 12, 2018, 09:47 AM
May 12, 2018, 10:57 AM
Around 11% polling registered in first two hours across Karnataka
About 11 percent polling was today recorded in the first two hours of voting in Karnataka. which is witnessing a three-cornered contest among the ruling Congress, the BJP and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda’s JD(S).
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.
May 12, 2018, 11:20 AM
24% polling recorded till 11:00 AM in Karnataka.
May 12, 2018, 12:25 PM
As there is a model code of conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters. This is not a good trend for democracy. Why did he only choose today as the day?
Ashok Gehlot, Congress
May 12, 2018, 01:01 PM
'Congress to win majority with more than 120 seats', says confident CM Siddaramaiah
#WATCH: As voting in #Karnataka continues, CM Siddaramaiah says, 'Yeddyurappa is mentally disturbed. Congress will get more than 120 seats. I am very confident.' #KarnatakaElections2018 pic.twitter.com/yE6isfZcYq— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
May 12, 2018, 01:11 PM
Bengaluru: Clashes broke out b/w Congress & BJP workers outside a polling booth in Hampi Nagar,allegedly after the former thrashed a BJP corporator. Ravindra, Vijayanagar BJP candidate says, 'our corporator Anand was attacked but police isn't taking any action' #KarnatakaElection pic.twitter.com/SuXFNlI62d— ANI (@ANI) May 12, 2018
May 12, 2018, 02:29 PM
The Election Commission announced that the overall voter turnout across the state stood at 36.5 percent at 1 pm after six hours of polling.
May 12, 2018, 05:51 PM
Karnataka recorded a voter turnout of 61.25% till 5 pm.
May 12, 2018, 06:31 PM
Polling for Karnataka assembly election ends with over 64% voter turnout reported till 5 pm.