New Delhi: The Election Commission on Tuesday announced that the full schedule of assembly elections to elect a new government in Karnataka. As per the announcement by the poll panel, the assembly elections in Karnataka will be held on May 12 and results will be declared on May 15. The EC announcement has set the stage for one of the most prestigious battles between the ruling Congress and the BJP.
"It will be a single phase election," Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat told reporters here.
Term of Present Assembly
The term of the Legislative Assembly of Karnataka is normally due to expire on 28.05.2018.
The total number of assembly constituencies in Karnataka are (224) out of which (36) are reserved for SCs and (15) for STs.
No of Electors
The total number of electors as per draft electoral rolls in Karnataka are 4,90,06,901 and 4,96,82,357 as per final electoral rolls
Photo Electoral Rolls
Photo Electoral Rolls will be used during this General Election and photo percentage in Photo Electoral Rolls of this State is
Voting will be held at 56,696 polling stations across the state which is 9% more than the number (52,034) in 2013.
Date for Filing Nomination
The date of notification is April 17 and the last date to file nominations is April 24. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 25 and the last day for withdrawal is April 27.
In this election, a Voter Guide (in Kannada / English) shall be handed to every household ahead of the elections, giving information about the date and time of polls, contact details of the BLOs, important websites, helpline numbers, documents required for identification at the polling station besides other important information including the Do’s and Don’ts for voters at the polling station. This Voter Guide Brochure will be distributed along with the Photo Voter Slips by the BLOs.
Date of Polling
The polling will take place on May 12.
Counting of Votes
Counting of votes will be held three days later on May 15.
VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls.
The 224-member Assembly expires on May 28 in the state where the Congress is currently in power, with 122 seats against the BJP's 43. Karnataka is one of the eight states where polls were scheduled this year. Elections to three northeastern states were held last month.