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All set for counting of votes in Karnataka on Tuesday

IANS  |  Bengaluru 

The of votes cast in 222 Assembly constituencies in on May 12 will be taken up on Tuesday morning, an said on Monday.

"All arrangements have been made for of votes in 222 seats from 8 a.m. onwards at 38 centres in 30 districts, including five in Bengaluru where polling was held in 26 of the 28 segments," Electoral Officer told reporters here.

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

The has deployed 16,662 personnel for of votes amid tight security.

"Postal ballots will be counted first before the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are opened," Kumar said.

In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested the 222 seats, including 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.

Election in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari (RR) Nagar was postponed to May 28 due to seizure of voter ID cards and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat due to the death of BJP candidate and MLA B.on May 4. Vote counting in RR Nagar will be taken up on May 31.

The ruling and the fought in all 222 constituencies while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) fielded candidates for 201 seats. Its ally contested 21 seats.

There were 1,155 Independents and about 800 candidates from national, regional and fringe parties.

The highest voting percentage of 84.55 was recorded in district, followed by 84.19 in Chikkaballapur, 84.03 in Bengaluru Rural, 82.53 in Mandya and 82.51 in Tumakuru.

The lowest voting percentage of 54.72 was in Bengaluru Urban, followed by Kalaurgi 62.68, Raichur 65.80 and Yadgir 65.84.

Among the prominent candidates are Minister from district in Mysuru and Badami in Bagalkot and his son from Varuna in Mysuru.

The others are the BJP's ministerial face B.from Shikaripura in district, JD-S state from Ramanagara and Channapatna in district and BJP's member B.R. Sriramulu from Badami and Molakamuru (Reserved) in district.

Yeddyurappa, 75, is also the party's member from and the President, who became its first in south when the BJP came to power for the first time on its own in the May 2008 elections.

BJP's former is also in the fray from Hubballi-Dharwad Central.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 21:36 IST