Record 72.13% voting in Karnataka Assembly polls

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He added that the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a 71.45 per cent turnout, and the previous five Assembly elections clocked between 65 and 69 per cent polling. The final numbers are still not out, but according to the chief electoral officer, it is likely to go beyond 70%.

The official figure where the voting percentage for the Karnataka assembly elections which was held on May 12 stood at 72.36. "We will get a clear majority", Siddaramaiah said in Mysuru, reacting to the Karnataka exit polls.

A single-phase polling was held in 222 constituencies out of the 224 elected seats in the Assembly, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

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The BJP, which had claimed to have discovered the ID cards, called the Commission's order a "victory of democracy".

The Karnataka elections could define the fortunes of Congress and the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha. It said the Police case filed against the Congress candidate and sitting legislator Munirathna, who it described as the Congress' money-bag, would land the State's ruling party "in a soup".

"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night". Out of the 57,782 control units, 340 units malfunctioned and out of 57,786 VVPATs, 698 malfunctioned.

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A 56-year-old man from Belthangady (Dakshina Kannada) died of a heart attack while at the polling station and one woman from Haveri district tried to immolate herself due to the lack of development, Kumar said.

There were also reports of group clashes, which the CEO dismissed as minor skirmishes.

Kumar a total of Rs 94 crore cash, liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and various items like sarees, vehicles, dhotis, utensils and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore were seized in the run up to the polls.

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