Voter turnout – may get affected due to long weekend during Lok Sabha polls 2019. While the voter turnout may be less in Karnataka, the situation may not be the same in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Election dates – Voter turnout :
dates for Lok Sabha 2019 is declared by Election Commission of India on 18th
March. Election Commission announced
General Elections Dates and Assembly
polls schedule. Elections will start
from April 11 and counting will be held on 23rd May.
The Lok Sabha
polls in Karnataka will be in 2 phases, with 14 constituencies going to the
polls in each phase. The elections dates for the State of Karnataka is April 18th
and April 23rd 2019.
Karnataka will vote in the Lok Sabha Elections in two phases
– on April 18 and April 23. Elections
will be held on the same day in Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.
For those in Bengaluru, the polling date is 18th April 2019 that is 2nd phase. There are 28 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka which will go to polls on April 18 under separate phases.
The counting of votes will be held on May 23. The Congress-JD(S) alliance which is currently in power in the state will be looking to consolidate their numbers in the Lok Sabha as well.
The poll schedule will clash with the extended weekend as
many government holidays falls between April 17 and 23.
The Big question is will this result in low voter turnout?
Will holiday affect voter turnout?
April 17th is Mahavir Jayanti, April 19 is Good
Friday which will be followed by the Easter weekend (April 20th and
The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th,
the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are
According to Karnataka BJP leader S. Suresh Kumar, “the
voter turnout could be less due to the number of holidays. Bengaluru had low voter turnout and it has
not improved. With so many holidays in
between the elections, people are likely to go for a vacation”.
Request from party :
According to the BJP leader S.Suresh Kumar, the BJP has
requested the Central leadership and the Election Commission to reconsider
about the election dates for Karnataka as the State is notorious for low voter
turnout during extended holidays.
During the Assembly Elections of 2018, only 54.76%
voted in the city of Bengaluru.
Awareness – Voter turnout :
The election commission will be conducting awareness among
the residents of Bengaluru. The
Commission is planning radio talk, TV shows and street plays to create
According to the BBMP, the Bengaluru city has 8881066
voters. The BBMP Commissioner
N.Manjunath is the District Election Officer (DEO), According to him out of
8881066 voters 4632900 are male and 4248166 are female voters.
Numbers game – voter turnout :
Lok Sabha Constituencies in Bengaluru :
The total number of voters are 8881066 out of which 4632900
are male voters and 4248166 are female voters.
142048 applications have been received for the revision of electoral
The Bengaluru city will have 8514 polling booths and 42000
electoral staff with 1600 sensitive booths.
Voters names deleted :
Since October 2018, the total number of voters has come
down. There were 8957064 voters in the
Bengaluru city as on 10th October 2018.
As on 16th January 2019, the number has reduced
by around 76000 voters. These voters
were deleted from the list.
According to N. Manjunath Prasad, “the reason for the
decrease in number is the extensive
scrutiny of the voters list. After identifying voters who have passed away and
those who have shifted from the city, the numbers have come down”.
Previous voting turnout records :
In 2014 Parliament polls, the BJP won 17 seats in Karnataka,
Congress 9 seats and JD(S) 2 seats.
In the 2018 assembly elections in the Karnataka State, the
Congress got 38% of the Vote share, the BJP 36% and the JD(S) 18%. The corresponding vote share of the parties
in 2014 Lok Sabha elections were 41%, 43% and 11% respectively.
The Southern States with Karnataka account for 131 Lok Sabha
Walk to vote :
It is a fundamental right of any citizen that enables them to choose the leaders of tomorrow. Voting not only enables the citizens to vote for political parties, but it also helps them to realize the importance of citizenship. Many people do not vote thinking one vote will not make a change, but as a matter of fact, it does. A nation’s political foundations are built using elections.
Voter registration reminder – Facebook will be sending the voter registration reminder. It reminds Indian users ‘Its time for voter registration” and will send to users in India who are eligible to vote.
Registration reminder – different languages :
The voter registration reminder will be in 13 Indian languages – English, Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali, Urdu, Assamese, Marathi and Oriya.
Voter Registration reminder – procedure :
The ‘Register Now’ button is designed to encourage the citizens of India to register themselves with the Election Commission of India (ECI). Facebook has over 200 million users in India.
By clicking on the ‘Register Now’ button, people will be
directed to the National Voters’ Services Portal which will guide them through
the registration process.
National Voter’s day
– Voter registration reminder :
On the National Voters’ Day, Facebook will send a voter registration reminder to
users in India who are eligible to vote. During the first half of 2019, the Lok
Sabha elections will be held throughout the country.
The Election Commission (EC) will observe National Voters’ Day across the country on 25th January and will have six lakh locations that cover over 10-lakh polling stations.
Facebook had tied up with the Election
Commission in a special drive in 2017 to launch the voter registration.
Importance of voter registration reminder :
In India about two crore youngsters turn 18
every year. In the 2019 elections, there could be, apparently, 10 crore
first-time voters. Not every eligible
voter gets registered to the Election Commission.
The program will help many first timers to
register and cast their vote during the upcoming general assembly elections.
People use Facebook to connect, share and to
get involved with concerns that matters to them. Facebook wants to build products that
support this type of civic engagement.
Voter registration reminder – conclusion :
This drive is a step towards fulfillment of ECI’s
motto ‘NO VOTER TO BE LEFT BEHIND’. The
initiative is to strengthen the enrollment campaign. This is to encourage future voters to participate
in the electoral process and become responsible citizens of India.
Voter Registration Drive is starting from today at Bengaluru. With Lok Sabha elections fast approaching, the Election commission of India along with BBMP is conducting a special voter registration drive. It is starting from November 23rd to November 25th 2018.
If you are a voter and intend to exercise your franchise, you should first check whether your name is on the voters list. This is needed as several glitches have been reported in the electoral roll.
Voter registration drive is taking place in all the 28 assembly constituencies at the revenue offices and polling stations in Bengaluru. If your name is not on the electoral roll or if you are registering for the first time, don’t worry. Utilize this opportunity.
The BBMP has taken up voter registration drive from today for three days. Citizens who wish to enroll or delete may also do during the drive.
Make sure your name is in voter’s list. Many times, voters find their names missing from electoral rolls and return home disappointed. Make use of voter registration drive.
Are you a first time voter? Are you completing 18 years as on 01.01.2019?
Get your Voter ID cards by registering in the nearest polling station. All you need is photo copies of proof of residence, age proof and a passport size photograph.
Fill Form 6 and submit it along with the documentary proof. Citizens whose application are under process can contact their ARO for status update.
If you are enrolling online be sure to keep a scanned copy of address proof, identity proof and photographs ready. These documents have to uploaded.
You may fill Form-6; Take 2 print outs of filled form 6, submit one and take acknowledgement on another copy.