|Schedule for Legislative Assembly of Karnataka, 2018|
|Date of Issue of Gazette Notification||17. Apr. 2018||Tue|
|Last Date of Nominations||24. Apr. 2018||Tue|
|Date for Scrutiny of Nominations||25. Apr. 2018||Wed|
|Last Date for Withdrawal of candidatures||27. Apr. 2018||Fri|
|Date of Poll||12. May. 2018||Sat|
|Date of Counting||15. May. 2018||Tue|
|Date before which election shall be completed||18. May. 2018||Fri|
|State||Total No. of ACs||Reserved for SCs||Reserved for STs|
|State||Total No. of electors as per draft electoral rolls||Total No. of electors as per final electoral rolls|
|Karnataka||4,90,06,901* Approx. 4.90 Cr.)||4,96,82,357* Approx. 4.968 Cr.)|
|Polling Stations and Special Facilitation in Karnataka|
|State||No. of Polling Stations in 2013||No. of Polling Stations in 2018||% Increase|
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018 have become the talk of the town nowadays. Ever since the news of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections broke out, the state has been witnessing aggressive campaigning by the contesting parties in full swing. With just three weeks to the elections, Karnataka has become the battleground of the parties fighting elections, who are putting in their immense efforts to make their party leaders win the elections.
Election Date & Results
The elections will take place on 12 May 2018 in 224 constituencies of Karnataka. The results of the election will be declared on 15 May 2018.
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2013
The 14th Karnataka Assembly Elections of 2013 were held on 5 May, 2013 for 223 constituencies in the state of Karnataka. The results of the elections came out on 8 May 2013. The Congress won the elections under the leadership of Siddaramaiah, who became the Chief Minister of Karnataka, with a majority of 122 seats having a vote share of 36.6%. BJP came second with 43 seats, closely followed by Janta Dal (Secular) with 40 seats.
Legislative Assembly Constitutencies in Karnataka
There are 224 constituencies under Karnataka's Legislative Assembly, out of which 173 are reserved for general category, 36 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for Scheduled Tribes. The assembly constituencies playing a major role in deciding the next government in the state are - Mysore, Mangalore, Bellary, Udupi, Raichur, Badami, Bijapur North and Bijapur South.
Parties contesting in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Former Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa is the leader of the saffron party campaign. Belonging to Lingayat community, he is expected to garner maximum votes of this community. BJP Chief Amit Shah is leading the party's election campaign in the state.
Congress- Siddaramaiah, the current Chief Minister and leader of the Congress, is contesting in the Karnataka elections. His party is keeping no stones unturned to win the elections for the second time. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is taking care of the election campaigns in Karnataka. The party has promised to grant Lingayats a separate religion status if they win the elections.
Janata Dal (Secular)- Janata Dal (secular) has entered into an alliance with the BSP to contest the Karnataka elections 2018. The party is headed by HD Kumaraswamy, who will play a crucial role of a kingmaker after the election results.
Janata Dal (United)- This party has immense presence in the states of Bihar and Jharkhand. It will contest for 25-30 seats in the upcoming elections in Karnataka. The party is focusing to leave a mark in the elections, which is seen as a territory of Congress, BJP and the Janata Dal (Secular).
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-The Aam Aadmi Party will also mark its debut in the forthcoming elections. It will contest for a limited number of seats in the upcoming polls.
Other regional parties-There are some regional parties which have a good influence in their respective regions which include Coorg National Council, Karnataka Congress Party, Karnataka Vikas Party, Kannad Chalavali Vatal Paksha and Karnataka Kranti Ranga. These parties will play a crucial role incase the major parties face a deficiency of votes.
Polling technology to be used
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) will be used at all the polling stations in Karnataka. The photos of the candidates will be displayed on the EVM machines. The two-stage randomisation of both the machines will be done to ensure transparency and credibility of the election.
Number of polling stations across Karnataka
The state of karnataka has witnessed an increase of 9 percent in the number of polling stations as compared to 2013 elections. In this year's Karnataka Assembly Elections, there are 56,696 polling stations that will be set up across Karnataka.
The Lingayat community will play a vital role in the 2018 Karnataka assembly elections. As it constitutes about 17% of the total population of Karnataka, all the parties contesting elections have targeted the community to secure as many votes from them. With the demand for votes comes the promises during the campaigns. The Congress party has decided to grant a separate religion status to the Lingayats and Veerashaiva Lingayats while the BJP will ensure the community's loyalty towards them during the elections.
Major developments in Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018
Karnataka will observe the highest number of voters in the age group of 18-19 this year. The number has doubled since 2013 elections.
In every constituency of Karnataka, one polling station will be set up managed solely by women.
The elections of 2018 can be seen as a direct battle between the current Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah of the Congress Party and BS Yeddyurappa, the former Chief Minister and leader of BJP. It is going to be a neck-and-neck fight among all the party leaders.