High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High Voter turnout at Karnataka – 69% LS Elections 2019

High voter turnout was recorded at Karnataka at 69% for the general elections 2019.

General Elections 2019 :

After a non-stop campaign for about a month, the remaining 14 seat out of 28 Lok Sabha seats in the State of Karnataka went to polls in the second and final phase on 23rd .  The battle lines outlined for a bipolar contest between the ruling coalition partners Congress-JD(S) and the BJP.

The Election Commission of India announced that the voting turnout was 68.6%. 

Record voting at Mandya :

Karnataka recorded 68.6% surpassing the previous best record of 67.6% recorded during General Elections 1999.

Mandya constituency broke all records.  Mandya  recorded 80% of voting.  The previous highest voting record was held by Dakshina Kannada at 77.15% in 2014.  In 1984 elections Mandya had polled 77.13%.

In the Second phase Chikkodi had the highest turnout with 71.79% while Raichur had the lowest with 53.30%

II Phase voting turnout :

The constituency-wise breakdown of turnout is as follows ;

Chikkodi  – 69.43%

Belgaum  –  58.72%

Bagalkot  –  65.77%

Bijapur  –  60.28%

Gulbarga –  53.74%

Raichur   – 56.90%

Koppal   –  63.43%

Bellary   –  63.40%

Haveri  –  63.22%

Dharwad  –  64.89%

Uttara Kannada –  69.38%

Davanagere  –  66.70%

Shimogga  –  68.65%

In the first phase on 18 April, 14 constituencies in the southern part of the state covering old Mysuru region and a couple of coastal districts had gone to the polls, recording an overall voter turnout of 68.81 per cent.

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

Voter turnout – Lok Sabha polls 2019 – Long weekend

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 :

Elections 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.

List of phase-wise Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka :

Phase 2 (April 18): Udupi Chikmagalur, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bengaluru Rural, Bengaluru North, Bengaluru Central, Bengaluru South,
Chikkballapur and Kolar.

Phase 3 (April 23): Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Koppal, Bellary, Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. 

Voter turnout – Bengaluru

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 21st.

The school exams are expected t be completed by April 18th, the families would be planning vacations, especially if the parents are working. 

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 awareness. 

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 :

Bengaluru North

Bengaluru South

Bengaluru Central

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 rolls.

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 seats.

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

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.

Facebook to send Voter registration reminder to voters

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.

Vote – for a better tomorrow

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.

Election commission with Facebook

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 – Bengaluru

Voter Registration Drive – Bengaluru

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.

Download the forms from http://voterreg.kar.nic.in.

to check your name in the voter’s list: https://electoralsearch.in/

This is the last chance for citizens to get registered so they can  vote in the upcoming elections.  Visit the nearest polling booth with relevant documents.

To reach State Voter Helpline, call 1800 4255 1950

To call from within the District, dial 1950

To call from outside the District, dial District STD Code + 1950


What to know more about Karnataka MP’s?  Click https://www.bangalorean.com/mp-loksabha/

Join us on Facebook.  Please do click like and follow us to know more about latest news/information on recent development in the Indian politics or political party.