The Election Commission on Tuesday declared May 12 as the polling date for the Karnataka Assembly elections. The counting of the votes will be held on 15 May.
Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said, “56,696 polling stations will be set-up, which is an increase of almost 9% from 2013 elections. All polling stations will have EVMs and VVPATs deployed and special arrangements will be made for women voters.”
“Law and order will be looked upon and there will be monitoring of people, there would be no room for anyone indulging in any sort of violence,” he added.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) March 27, 2018
The Election Commission announced that 24 April will be the last date to file nominations, while 27 April 27 has been set as the last date for withdrawal of candidature.
Updates: Important dates for #KarnatakaAssemblyelection 2018.
17 April: Issue of notification
24 April: Last date of nomination
25 April: Date of scrutiny papers
27 April: Last date of withdrawal of candidates
12 May: Date of Polling
15 May: Counting of votes
— The Statesman (@TheStatesmanLtd) March 27, 2018
The term of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly ends on May 28 this year.
The BJP is seeking to wrest control of the southern state from the Congress and has already declared former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate.
The ruling Congress is going to polls under the leadership of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, in its bid to retain its hold over the state. Karnataka is the only big state, besides Punjab, which is now ruled by the Congress.
It is vital for the Congress to retain Karnataka to set a tone for the 2019 general elections, and also because it is currently in power only in three states — Punjab, Karnataka and Mizoram, besides the Union Territory of Puducherry.