Karnataka poll date leak: Election Commission sets up probe panel

This decision, coming with a view on polls, could have huge ramifications as the Lingayats are a politically-influential community and form about 15% of the state’s population.

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There are 15,42,000 young voters in the age group of 18-19 in 2018 as compared to 7,18,000 in 2013. Commission will issue notification for the elections on 17 to 24 April. The scrutiny of nominations will take place on April 25 and the last day for withdrawal is April 27.

“Appeasement policies, which are the country’s biggest enemies are the culture of the Congress, as evident from the religious minority status the ruling party in Karnataka had given to Lingayts ahead of the state assembly election”, Shah told reporters here, about 260km from Bengaluru.

In 2008, Karnataka voted for the BJP after it went to mid-term polls.

Yeddyurappa was the chief minister of the first BJP government in Karnataka from 2008.

“This is unprecedented. TV channels and BJP functionaries announcing poll dates before the Election Commission”.

“These are conjectures. You can not stop conjectures”. It also said that “given that the information was not entirely accurate, it is obvious it was not a leak”. In a letter to the EC, Malviya clarified that his source of information was news reports and added that “a similar tweet by the social media in-charge of Congress in Karnataka” was also put out.

The authorities have made special provisions for differently-abled people to ensure that they face no problem in casting their votes.

However, some of the party sources claimed that the Malviya’s tweet actually got the vote counting date as wrong.

The model code of conduct would come into force immediately.

The date for Karnataka Assembly elections on 224 seats has been announced by the Election Commission today. Let me announce the dates and see if they are the same…

Television channels have told the Election Commission of India (EC) that the news flash on Karnataka election dates was not based on any “leak”.

Mr Kumar said awareness about the importance of electoral participation was being created among voters through Systematic Voter Education and Electroral Participation (SVEEP). This will keep a check on illegal activities such as booth capturing, money distribution and bogus voting.

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A total of 76,110 VVPAT machines, 87,819 Ballot Units and 73,185 Control Units would be used.

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