Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Karnataka polls: Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli

Karnataka polls: Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli

It is imperative to defer the election for the time being so that the "vitiating effect of the distribution of money and gift items to the electors loses its intensity" and the ID cards were returned to the voters, the EC said in its order to defer the elections from this seat by 16 days.

Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on Friday that apart from the voter identity cards, a huge cache of water cans, over 5,000 tee-shirts, over 23,000 half trousers and pressure cookers meant to bribe the voters had been discovered, PTI reported.

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night. By midnight, the figures showed that it was 72.13 per cent", Kumar told PTI.

Briefing reporters over the polling for Karnataka Assembly yesterday he said two polling stations in Kustagi in Raichur reported malfunction of EVMs and a re-poll has been ordered.

Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers yesterday, he said.

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The 2013 Karnataka polls had a turnout of 71.45 per cent; the turnouts were 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004; 69 per cent in 1989 and 1994; and 69 per cent in 1990. Counting of votes in this seat will take place on May 31.

The Election Commission on Friday postponed polling in Karnataka's Rajarajeswari Assembly constituency to May 28 after almost 10,000 voter identity cards were confiscated from a flat in Jalahalli locality of Bengaluru.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

A total of 2,654 candidates are in the fray and 4.96-crore electorate, including 2.44 crore women, will cast their votes, in the Karnataka polls. New voters are 15,42,000 in the 18-19 age group.

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