Voting begins for Karnataka by-polls

31 candidates are in the fray, including five from BJP, three from the Congress and two from the Janata Dal-Secular

Bengaluru: Voting was under way on Saturday for the by-election to three Lok Sabha and two Assembly seats in Karnataka, an Election Commission official said.


“Voting began at 7am on a moderate pace amid tight security,” the official told IANS here.

By-election is being held in Bellary (reserved), Mandya and Shimoga parliamentary constituencies and Ramanagara and Jamkhandi Assembly segments.

Voting will take place until 6pm in the 6,543 polling booths across the five constituencies.

A total of 54.5 million electorate, comprising 27.2 million men and 27.3  million women, are registered to vote for the by-election.

As 51,131 voters were physically challenged, the poll panel has arranged vehicles to ferry them to and from voting stations.

In all, 31 candidates are in the fray, including five from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), three from the Congress and two from the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and 21 others as Independents or from regional outfits.
BJP’s state unit President B.S. Yeddyurappa’s son B.Y. Raghavendra, who is contesting from Shimoga Lok Sabha seat, was among the early voters in the constituency.

Vote counting in all the five constituencies will take place on November 6.  

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