After a high-voltage campaign, it is now time for the mega battle of ballots in Karnataka, with the state all set to elect its representatives to the 224-member Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.
With the stakes being high in this election, the major political parties in contention – the BJP, Congress and JD(S) – and their candidates have made a strong pitch seeking to boost their prospects at the hustings.
The voting will take place from 7 am to 6 pm.
Also, bypolls to one Lok Sabha and four assembly seats across four states will be held on May 10.
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Siddalinga Swami of Siddaganga mutt casts his vote for Karnataka Elections 2023, in Tumakuru.
Actor Prakash Raj at a polling booth in St. Joseph’s School in Shanti Nagar, Bengaluru.
I request all the voters of the country, especially the youth and women who are voting for the first time, to vote without fail and participate in this celebration of democracy. For the bright future of the country, for all-round development, everyone should vote without fail…
— BSYediyurappa (@BSYBJP) May 10, 2023
Former Chief Minister of Karnataka and veteran leader of BJP BS Yediyurappa urges people to participate in the festival of democracy.
Voting begins for the single-phase election for the 224-member Karnataka Legislative Assembly.
On voting day, I urge our sisters and brothers of Karnataka to come out in large numbers to vote for good governance, development and prosperity in the state. Your one vote can ensure a pro-people and pro-progress govt that will continue to take the state to newer heights.
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 10, 2023
Union Home Minister Amit Shah urges people in Karnataka to come out in large numbers to vote for good governance, development and prosperity in the state.
Police officers and other staff members are on high alert at 185 Interstate Border Checkpoints.
In the 2018 Assembly polls, BJP emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats, while Congress and JDS bagged 80 and 37 seats respectively.
The mock election starts before the Assembly elections.
Visuals from a polling booth in Dollars Colony, Bengaluru ahead of voting for the Assembly polls.
JDS has put all its might into the campaigning, wanting to emerge as the king, and not kingmaker, hoping to get the required numbers to form a government on its own.
While the ruling BJP has been striving to break the 38-year-old pattern of alternating governments and retain its only southern citadel, Congress is working hard to wrest power back from the saffron party.
The voting for Karnataka Assembly elections 2023 will be held on Wednesday.
According to poll officials, elaborate security arrangements have been made across the state
Around 4 lakh polling personnel are engaged in the poll process.
As many as 11,71,558 are young voters, while 5,71,281 are persons with disabilities (PWDs) and 12,15,920 are aged above 80.
Among the electors, 2,67,28,053 are male, 2,64,00,074 female and 4,927 “others”, while among the candidates 2,430 are male, 184 female and one from third gender.
A total of 75,603 Ballot Units (BU), 70,300 Control Units (CU) and 76,202 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) are slated to be used during voting.