Karnataka Assembly elections: Polling on May 12, results on May 15

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The much-awaited Karnataka Assembly elections were announced by Chief Election Commissioner of India Om Prakash Rawat on Tuesday March 27 in New Delhi.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Elction Commissioner OP Rawat said, "56,696 polling stations will be set-up, which is an increase of nearly 9% from 2013 elections". The EC also said that April 24 will be the last date to file nominations and April 27 will be the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

The Karnataka state Assembly polls may also have bearing on the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The 224-member House expires on May 28 this year.

Meanwhile, BJP's Amit Malaviya tweeted that the counting would be held on May 18. "The poll body has been using VVPAT machines in elections since past year", it added.

VVPAT machines, apart from EVMs, will be deployed in Karnataka for the polls, said the poll commission. Incumbent Siddaramaiah-led Congress government is eyeing a second term in the state. The BJP has made a decision to pitch BS Yeddyurappa as its chief ministerial candidate. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had got 40 seats with 19.9 percent votes.

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Yesterday BJP president Amit Shah who is on the two-day visit in poll-bound state Karnataka announced the party's chief ministerial candidate will be BS Yeddyurappa.

Meanwhile, a pre-poll survey has predicted that the Congress is likely to return to power in Karnataka. The Lingayat community, which has been traditionally with the BJP, has expressed solidarity with the Congress after the state government granted them separate religion status, while the Veerashaivas, angered by the decision, have vowed to defeat the ruling Congress.

There are indications that the south solidarity is worrying the BJP.

Beside, the Congress and the BJP, the JD (S) led by former prime minister H D Deve Gowda is the third player in the fray.

The Election Commission announced that the elections in the state will be held in a single phase.

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