Poll Bugle Sounded: All You Need to Know About Karnataka Elections 2018

BJP president Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to south and central Karnataka where he is scheduled to meet religious leaders coconut and areca nut growers party workers and business communities

Date of notification will be 17 April 2018 with the last date of nomination being 24 April. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 27, date of scrutiny of nomination papers is April 25 and the date of counting is May 15.

With a team of over 1,300 enforcers across the state, who will ensure that the code of conduct is followed at all times, Sanjiv Kumar said the poll panel will make sure the elections are held in a "free and fair" manner.

Earlier today, IT head of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Malviya, in his now-deleted tweet, had said, "Karnataka will vote on 12 May 2018, counting on 18 May 2018", information that later turned out to be partially incorrect.

Also, the polling will be conducted by using both Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) devices. For the latter, it is critical as this is the only big state where it is in power after losing a string of assembly elections to BJP over the last few years.

The 224-member state assembly will go to the polls on May 12 and the counting of votes is on May 15.

The Congress promptly attacked the saffron party.

"Strict legal and administrative action will be taken on the leak of information", Rawat said while addressing the press called to announce the Karnataka Assembly election schedule.

He said the alleged leak of the election schedule for the Karnataka elections will be investigated.

The campaigning in the poll-bound state has already begun, with leaders of Congress and the BJP - Rahul Gandhi and Amit Shah - visiting the state at regular intervals.

The video of Shah's slip of tongue is now being circulated on the microblogging site with Congress saying that finally, the BJP chief spoke the truth.

In a first, one all-women managed polling station in each assembly constituency would be set up where the entire polling staff, including the police and security personnel, will be women.

For the Congress, incumbent chief minister Siddaramaiah remains the candidate for the top post.

BJP has multiplied rallies in the state.

Ever since ruling party BJP has come to power, it has always stayed ahead of time informed of all the confidential new developments even before the administrative bodies official announcements.

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