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Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Voting Live: When and where to watch the live streaming of polling in 222 seats

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Voting Live: Polling for the Karnataka assembly elections commenced at 7 am and continue till 6 pm in the evening.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: May 15, 2018 7:49 IST ]

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Polling Live

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Polling Live: When and where to watch the live streaming of voting in 222 seats

Voting for the Karnataka assembly elections commenced today at 7 am and continue till 6 pm in the evening. Watch the mega-coverage on Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on India TV. After a rancorous campaign over three months, Karnataka is voting to elect a new Assembly in a three-cornered contest. The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker, according to most surveys and opinion polls. The Congress is aiming at retaining the only large state it rules after Punjab, while the BJP is striving to form its government in Karnataka, which party president Amit Shah said will be its "gateway to south", for a second time.

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The BJP had ruled the state between 2008 and 2013, the only time it did so, but its tenure was marred by intra-party feuds and allegations of corruption. One of its three chief ministers and its current chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa was in jail over corruption charges. JD(S) state president H D Kumaraswamy has conceded it was a "battle for survival" for his party which has been out of power for a decade now. The Congress is, however, confident of breaking the jinx, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah saying the party will create history. The Congress' main challenger BJP has spared no effort to ensure that history is repeated. Though the BJP launched its campaign, calling it "mission 150 (seats)", Shah said the party will win over 130 constituencies. 

When is Karnataka Assembly Election 2018?

The Assembly Election in Karnataka is all set to take place on May 12, Saturday in a crucial prestige battle between the Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to capture the southern state. 

How many constituencies are going to polls in the 2018 Karnataka Election?

222 constituencies will go to polls on May 12, Saturday, out of the total 224. The election to the Jayanagar constituency in south Bengaluru was countermanded due to the death of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4. The Election Commission also postponed elections to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar assembly seat in Karnataka. Polling in the constituency will now be held on May 28 now and counting will be on May 31. The decision came days after nearly 10,000 voter identity cards were recovered from a flat in the constituency, leading to a slugfest between the BJP and the Congress. 

What time will the live coverage of voting in Karnataka assembly election 2018 start?

Voting for the Karnataka assembly elections commenced at 7 am and continue till 6 pm in the evening. Catch the mega-coverage on Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 on India TV. 

How to watch the live coverage of voting in Karnataka assembly election 2018? 

You will be able to watch the live streaming and mega-coverage of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 here once the voting starts on Saturday. You can also follow India TV on Twitter, Facebook for minute by minute updates of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018. Do visit India TV's special page here for fastest updates of Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 in its mega-coverage on Saturday. 

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Who are the main contenders for Karnataka Assembly Election 2018?

The ruling Congress and the BJP are the main contenders for power, while former prime minister H D Deve Gowda's JD(S) is likely to play the kingmaker. While the Congress is aiming to retain the only large state it rules after Punjab, the saffron party is leaving no stone unturned to capture another state. 

When will counting take place for Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018?

The counting of votes for Karnataka assembly elections 2018 will be taken up on May 15 and results will be declared the same day.

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 Polling Live: Other details

There are more than 4.96 crore voters who are eligible to exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from a field of little over 2,600 candidates. Men account for over 2.52 crore voters, women around 2.44 crore, while there are 4,552 transgender electors.

Election office sources said over 55,600 polling stations have been set up, and there would be some auxiliary booths too. Over 3.5 lakh personnel will be on duty to ensure a free and fair poll.

Some polling stations in tribal areas will have ethnic look, sources said, adding government employees with disabilities will do duty at select polling stations for the first time. It is for the first time that people would be able know about the queue status at polling stations with large number of voters through a mobile app, sources said. 

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