The Election Commission on Tuesday announced the polling schedule for 224-member Karnataka assembly. The state will vote in single phase on May 12 and the results will be announced three days later on May 15.
The model code of conduct has come into place, announced the Election Commission.
Announcing the schedule, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said that decision to hold elections in a single phase was arrived at after consulting all the political parties and other stake holders. “They all were in the favour of holding voting in single phase,” he said.
All electronic voting machines will be linked to Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, he said.
To questions from reporters about the polling date being leaked even before he made the official announcement, Rawat said the poll panel will investigate the matter and take stringent legal and administrative action.
The poll panel also announced that date of issue of notification will be 17th April, while the last date of nomination is 24th April. The date of scrutiny of nomination is kept on 26th April and the last date of withdrawal by the candidate will be 27th April.
The polls are seen politically crucial for the ruling Congress as well as the BJP as it is the only big state where the former is in power after losing a string of assembly elections ever since its humiliating loss in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The BJP is making a concerted bid to unseat the Congress with hectic campaigning witnessed from both the sides.
Beside, the Congress and the BJP, the JD(S) led by former prime minister HD Deve Gowda is the third player in the fray.