Karnataka votes on May 12, results on May 15

Karnataka Assembly elections: The Election Commission Tuesday announced that Karnataka will go to polls in one phase on May 12, and the results will be declared on May 15. The 224-member House expires on May 28 this year.

Election Commission to announce dates for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 today The Congress has picked incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as its CM face, while the BJP has nominated former CM B S Yeddyurappa.

The Election Commission Tuesday announced that Karnataka will go to polls in one phase on May 12, and the results will be declared on May 15. The 224-member House expires on May 28 this year. The Model Code of Conduct is now in play in the state.

The Congress is currently in power in Karnataka with 122 seats against the BJP’s 43. The state is one of the eight states that go to polls this year and will set the tone for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress has picked incumbent Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as its CM face, while the BJP has nominated former CM B S Yeddyurappa.

Read | Lingayat as minority religion will not affect quota matrix: scholars

During the press conference this morning, the EC was apprised of a tweet posted by BJP IT cell head Amit Malviya, who listed out the dates for the elections. Malviya had tweeted while the presser was underway, but the dates hadn’t been announced. CEC O P Rawat said an investigation into the incident will be held and action will be taken accordingly.

Read Karnataka Election dates highlights below

  1. 12:46PM
    27 Mar, 18
  2. 12:14PM
    27 Mar, 18

    CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury tweets, "The credibility of the Election Commission of India as an institution and the sanctity of India's democratic processes is at stake. Nothing less than exemplary punishment for the BJP would help restore public faith." His comments come after Amit Malviya tweeted the Karnataka election dates before the EC had announced them.

  3. 11:54AM
    27 Mar, 18
    Credibility of EC is on test, says Congress after Malviya tweet

    Reacting to Amit Malviya's tweet, Congress says the "credibility of EC is on test". Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweets, "Will EC now issue notice to BJP President, Amit Shah & register an FIR against BJP IT Head for leaking EC’s confidential information?"

  4. 11:41AM
    27 Mar, 18

    In case you're just joining us, here's an update: the Karnataka Assembly elections will take place in one phase on May 12. Counting for the same will be held on May 15 (the results will be announced on this day). With the Model Code of Conduct coming into play now, campaigning by political parties is likely to pick up pace. Here are the key dates to keep in mind:

    Date of issue of gazette notification: April 17, 2018Last date of nomination: April 24, 2018Scrutiny of nomination: April 25, 2018 Last date of withdrawal of candidature: April 27, 2018 Date of polling: May 12, 2018Date of counting: May 15, 2018

  5. 11:33AM
    27 Mar, 18
    Malviya tweet will be probed: Election Commission

    On the BJP IT cell head's tweet, CEC O P Rawat says, 'Certain things may have leaked for which Election Commission will take appropriate action. It will be investigated. Be assured that actions legally and administratively befitting will be taken,' reports ANI. Amit Malviya, ahead of the EC's announcement, had tweeted dates of the Karnataka elections. Read more here. 

  6. 11:23AM
    27 Mar, 18

    Karntaka will vote in one phase. 'Single-phase election,' confirms CEC

    Date of issue of gazette notification: April 17, 2018Last date of nomination: April 24, 2018Scrutiny of nomination: April 25, 2018 Last date of withdrawal of candidature: April 27, 2018 Date of polling: May 12, 2018Date of counting: May 15, 2018

  7. 11:22AM
    27 Mar, 18

    Meanwhile, the media is asking Rawat a question on a tweet posted by Amit Malviya, who is in-charge of BJP's national Information & Technology cell. He has tweeted the dates of the polls before being announced by the EC. 

  8. 11:18AM
    27 Mar, 18

    In the last election, turnout was recorded at 71.45%. The CEC says efforts are on to increase this number this year. 

  9. 11:14AM
    27 Mar, 18

    Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from now, says CEC. It will also be applicable to the Union Govt, O P Rawat adds. This could mean the Centre, which is mulling the option of approaching the Supreme Court seeking extension of the deadline set by the court to formulate a scheme in the Cauvery water dispute, may not be able to do so. The Centre was given six weeks to formulate a scheme; the deadline is March 29. The Centre may have to petition the SC now, in light of the EC's announcement today.

  10. 11:08AM
    27 Mar, 18
    VVPAT to be deployed for polls, says CEC

    VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls. The poll body has been using VVPAT machines in elections since last year. ReadWhat is VVPAT? How does it work?

  11. 11:06AM
    27 Mar, 18

    Rawat says accessible elections is the EC's theme for elections this year. For this year, the polling body has ensured special focus on convenient voting for persons with disabilities. Special arrangements for women are being made. All-women polling booths will be set up across the state, he adds.

  12. 11:02AM
    27 Mar, 18

    The EC has begun holding a press conference. Chief Electoral Commissioner O P Rawat is addressing the media. 

  13. 10:58AM
    27 Mar, 18
    Will Lingayat as minority religion affect quota matrix?

    Will the new status for the Lingayat community change the existing reservation matrix in Karnataka?  Experts on issues of reservation and scholars from the Lingayat community don't believe it will. They said the likelihood of either SC members of the Lingayat community losing out on reservations, or of Lingayats eating into quotas available to Muslims is slim. Read more here.

  14. 10:23AM
    27 Mar, 18

    Karnataka is one of eight states that go to polls this year. Apart from Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland which saw elections last month, BJP-ruled states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Mizoram will also go to polls in the second half of this year. The polls in these eight states will set the tone for a bigger electoral event — the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

  15. 10:14AM
    27 Mar, 18

    The Election Commission will announce dates for the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 today. With its announcement, the model code of conduct comes into play and election campaigning by political parties will soon pick up pace. Follow our live blog for the latest news and updates.