With the recent Karnataka exit polls having ended, the counting has begun where Bengalaru has been shown to be as having the least turn out indicating an unchanged trend which it has seen in the previous years as well. While in some areas of the city such as Hebbal and C.V. Raman Nagar recorded pathetic turnouts to as low as 7% of voters. After numerous campaigns and war of words, finally, the polling for the high-stakes assembly elections is here to decide the fate of the top parties.
Women and young voters had taken part in large numbers, he added.
Kumar said the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a turnout of 71.45 per cent, which was the highest in the last six Assembly elections. 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.
Kumar said the seizures in the run-up to the polls were worth Rs 94 crore in cash, Rs 24.78 crore in liquor and Rs 66 crore in other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets.
The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4. "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 votes for the 222 constituencies of the 224 seats will be counted on May 15.
The state has over 5.07-crore electorate, including 2.62-crore men and 2.5-crore women.
Just hours before the election, the Election Commission on Friday postponed the voting in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) to May 28, after almost 10,000 voter ID cards were found in a flat in the constituency.
Over 15 lakh people are first-time voters in the 18-19 age groups.