Karnataka polls 2018: Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli

Karnataka polls 2018: Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli

Counting of votes for Karnataka Assembly elections has begun at counting centres across the state.

Speaking to reporters here, Chief Electoral Officer, Sanjeev Kumar said the polling was peaceful in the state barring a 58-year-old man dying of cardiac arrest in a hospital after collapsing in a polling station in Belthangadi taluk and a 58-year-old woman in Haveri trying to immolate herself at a polling station to protest the lack of infrastructure in her village.

Results of the much awaited Karnataka Assembly Election 2018 will start pouring in soon. The survey has stated that the expenditure is very high more than twice of the previous Assembly polls held in 2013 calculated to be as high as Rs. 9,500-10,500 crores. It was 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004, 69 per cent in the 1989 and 1994 and 69 per cent in the 1990 elections, he said.

To a question on seizures in the run up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized. "Polling on a Saturday is worrisome as it will affect the turnout at the booths, as many citizens, especially the youth, would prefer getaways rather than staying back to vote", Congress state unit vice-president BK Chandrashekar told IANS in Bengaluru. The election in two constituencies, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwari Nagar, both in Bengaluru has been postponed.

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While an eatery is offering free dosa and coffee, an internet café has offered free internet for voters and discount for first-time voters.

"A single-phase polling began at 7.00 am in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST)", said an official.

A record 72.36 per cent of the 5.07 crore electorate cast their votes, with 27,908 electors in defence services exercising their franchise through postal ballots.

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