Bengaluru: As the Karnataka election begins today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the election should be celebrated as a festival of democracy. He requests every voter; even youths voting for the first time should exercise their right to vote, and enrich the election.
Elections in the state are being held in 58,282 polling booths, with five and half crore people casting their votes. 224 constituencies will be contesting election in a single phase, with 2613 candidates in it.
Voters above the age of 80 and specially-abled people can cast their votes at the comfort of their homes.
Out of 5.21 crore voters in Karnataka, 9.17 lakhs are new voters. 4,699 are from the transgender community. The polling which started at 7am will end at 6pm.
The election will be conducted in one phase with the counting and results to be declared on May 13, 2023.