Karnataka polls 2018: Faulty VVPAT machine stalls voting in Hubli

16 May, 2018, 15:41 | Author: Sammy Rose
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Karnataka witnessed 72.13 percent voter turnout this election.

With the Economic Survey 2018 hinting at the decreasing fiscal space to increase the expenditure on critical social infrastructures like education and health, the disbursement of funds for advertisement and political campaigns is one area where austerity is never heard of.

The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said.

Polling was held in Karnataka on May 12. ".at this rate, 2019 Lok Sabha poll expenditure estimate is Rs 50,000-60,000 crore against Rs 30,000 crore expenditure involved in 2014", according to N Bhaskara Rao of the CMS.

However, even the Election Commission of India seems to agree that the turnout percentage was pulled down because of faulty and inflated electoral rolls and the actual turnout in the city may be in consonance with the State average turnout of around 70% at least.

Ahead of counting of votes, security has been tightened across the state and prohibitory orders will be put in place from Monday evening.

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In a women-oriented step, 450 "pink booths" called "Sakhi" have been set up. It claimed that half of what parties spend, or little over that, is likely to be that by the ruling party.

Cushioned with money and muscle, the subterranean campaign waged by the big national parties is making the field of politics more and more undemocratic for the people who choose to contest the elections by becoming the voice of the mute protests of the citizens. Seizer of a hundred crores could only be symbolical.

Speaking to Mirror Now, Sidharth Bhatia, the founding Editor of The Wire opined that considering the BJP's victories in Goa and Meghalaya which have come in "slightly unusual circumstances", the issue here was not about who won the elections but rather who forms the government in Karnataka.

It said the estimate of expenditure this time is also based on field reports in the media, feedback of journalists and discussions with key functionaries at different levels in the field.

Adding a riot of colours, the EC has set up ethnic polling booths in Mysuru, Chamarajnagar and Uttar Kannada districts where polling booths match the lifestyle of tribal masses living there. "These were tracked and assessed from discussions", it said.

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