Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Election Commission announce dates for Karnataka Assembly elections

Election Commission announce dates for Karnataka Assembly elections

BJP's IT Cell head Amit Malviya tweeted the polling date before the official announcement of the dates by the Election Commission, resulting in controversy on how Malviya knew the details of the polling before the official announcement.

To a question on whether the Commission would announce new dates if it is found that there has been a leak of the election schedule, Rawat chose to remain non-committal, saying, "One can not comment on that".

NDTV anchor Nidhi Razdan also tweeted, "Why have you deleted your original tweet announcing the election date before the EC?" The last day of withdrawal of candidature will be April 27.

This time in Karnataka, like all other recent polls, VVPAT machines will be deployed along with EVMs.

The polls in Karnataka are being held in the backdrop of the BJP losing out in recent bypolls held in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, where it is running the state governments. Elections to three northeastern states were held last month.

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Shah corrected himself, went on a damage control and said he meant that Congress government of Chief Minister "Siddaramaiah would come first in a competition for the most corrupt government".

In 2013, the Congress bagged 122 seats in the 24-member Legislative Assembly Polls.

Meanwhile, the CPI also took strong exception to the BJP's IT cell chief tweeting the date of the Karnataka Assembly elections even before the Election Commission announced it, saying the poll panel should answer how he got to know about it. The term of the current Assembly ends May 28. The survey gave Chief Minister Siddaramaiah a thumbs-up, in that 45% of respondents preferred him over BJP state president BS Yeddyurappa (26%) and JD (S) state president HD Kumaraswamy (13%) for the top post.

He said webcasting at identified critical stations for live monitoring of election process, to keep a check on illegal activities such as booth capturing, money distribution and bogus voting etc will also be done.

The EC is known to maintain a thick veil of secrecy on the poll schedule prior to its declaration in order to rule out any last-minute advantage to the party in power through announcement of pre-poll sops.

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