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70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections

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70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Bangalore: A 70.23 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Sunday in the high-stake Karnataka Assembly elections amid projections that the ruling BJP was on a slippery ground against a resurgent Congress.

The polling began on a brisk note at 7 am and the turnout ebbed in the afternoon as the mercury soared before regaining momentum in the last hours in 223 seats in the 224-member House for which a total of 2,940 candidates were in the fray with a 4.35 crore-strong electorate eligible to vote.

Election in Periyapatna in Mysore district has been put off to May 28 following the death of the BJP candidate.

Electoral officials tonight said 70.23 voting percentage was recorded with the highest turnout of 77.95 per cent in Bangalore Rural and the lowest of 52.83 per cent in Bangalore Urban.

Counting of votes will be taken up on May 8.

70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Prominent candidates included Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Siddaramaiah, President of Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee G Parameshwara, former Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and JDS state unit President HD Kumaraswamy.

Elaborate security arrangements had been made with 1.35 lakh police personnel on duty in some 52,000 polling booths where about 65,000 electronic voting machines were in place.

Barring sporadic incidents, including one at Bellary, the voting was largely peaceful. None of the incidents was of such a nature that called for repolling, Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha told reporters.

70.23% voter turnout in Karnataka Assembly Elections Breakaway parties -- Karnataka Janatha Paksha of BS Yeddyurappa and BSR Congress formed by former Minister B Sriramulu -- are projected to dent the prospects of BJP, already battered by intra-party fights and allegations of corruption.

While the overall voter turnout was 64.91 per cent in the 2008 elections, the average in the 28 segments of Bangalore was a low 47.3 per cent.

Jha said two officials on poll duty died at Honnavar in Uttara Kannada and Tumkur district.

Sectoral Officer MC Mahendra died before poll in Honnavar early today and Thimmaiah, who was the Presiding Officer, passed away due to suspected cardiac arrest in a booth in Madhugiri taluk.

A Haveri report said Leelavathi Mekki, a 28-year-old teacher, who reported for poll duty yesterday at Negalur in Haveri district, complained of chest pain and died today in neighbouring Davangere, where she was shifted.

Pre-poll surveys and exit polls have predicted that Congress is all set to unseat the BJP to stage a comeback to power after more than an eight-year long gap.

With KJP expected to play spoiler to the prospects of BJP, its strength is forecast to dwindle by more than half from 110 seats it won in the 2008 elections installing the party's first ever government in South.

JDS is projected to improve by a dozen seats compared to 28 the last time around. Police said they arrested four persons who were openly wielding swords in the district headquarters town of Kolar, adding that a major clash was averted between supporters of an Independent and a political party.

At Sidlagatta in Chikkaballapura district, one person was injured seriously by supporters of another party.

In a Bellary booth, a voter was allegedly hit by a policeman over a trivial issue and sustained injuries in the ear.

In the 2008 elections to the total of 224 seats, BJP, bagged 33.86 per cent of the votes polled, followed by Congress (34.59) with 80 seats and JDS 19.13 per cent votes.

PTI

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First Published: Sunday, May 05, 2013, 08:29
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Ashoka k.r - chikballapur
our adegarahalli polling booth was very peaceful. but as reported today till close in karnataka only got 65% polling from people so other 45% people not voted what happened to them because that remained 45% polling can change the luck of participated politicians to by chance win to loss or loss to win vise versa... anyway who will come to handle our govt. for 5 yrs period wait & see till 8.may.2013
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S.N.Lakshminarayana - Bengaluru
Thanks to the Karnataka Election Commissioner for a successful election. But, along with the Voter`s Identity card to the Bangaloreans, you should have supplied `Viagra`` also for a proper ERECTION. Bangaloreans are the worst criminals. I can excuse Yeddy, Reddy & others. But, not these Bang` loreans. It is time to bang them. From which side, your descretion
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s,m,hussain - Bangalore
I Heartily thanks to Police of Karnataka and the Commissioner of Police for protecting peace and calm full election. who ever win not a matter, but please please please give a clean government,and make Karnataka as Example for whole India.
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mithun - banglore
this time surely congress may lead in votes as becaus jds is small and kjp and sp are new.... as i think BJP wont come this time
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k.v.ramesh - mahalaxmi puram , blr.
Thanks the election commr for peace ful and neatful hats offf to commr.
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lakshmi - bangalore
mr golden spoons congress world records of corruption railgat, coalgat, 2g gate, thorium gate, herald gate, vadra gate, cbi gate
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subramani - bengaluru
Mr Golden Spoon, U have one more fether in ur cap..rail gate scam.. dear chotu, keep doing few more of such type before u go to polls next year.. i remember u want to have a world record during recent rally in largly vacant chair election rally in karnataka
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Ajit patil - sangali. maharashtra
i am strongly believe that aBjp and Kjp will form govt in karnataka, congress will never allow others to grow in their political n personal life. . the congress corruption party will remain at 4 position in this election . . long live bjp kjp relation
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subramani - bangalore
you should mad how can kjp kicked out from BJP will alien n form governament, most corupt governament ever seen in karnataka, 100% congress will come to power and they will put all this corrupt ministers behind bars, means jail not for drinking cheers
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Shivu hiremath - Medinapur, hadagali, hungund,bagalkot
May BJP shall won this election..
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Pravin Jand - Surat
BJP deserves to win. No doubt Yedyurappa spoilt the game, but people need to remember that after allegations Yedyurappa was asked to resign by BJP Hogh Command. Contrary to this, Congress always shields it`s wrongdoing ministers. This point proves the difference bertween the two parties. BJP may have some corrupt people in the party, but BJP people are patriotic. They care for the nation.



Ajit patil - sangali. maharashtra
i am strongly believe that aBjp and Kjp will form govt in karnataka, congress will never allow others to grow in their political n personal life. . the congress corruption party will remain at 4 position in this election . . long live bjp kjp relation



lakshmi - bangalore
mr golden spoons congress world records of corruption railgat, coalgat, 2g gate, thorium gate, herald gate, vadra gate, cbi gate





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