LIVE: Voting begins in Karnataka amid tight security

Bengaluru, May 12: Voting began across Karnataka on Saturday to elect its 15th legislative assembly amid tight security and heightened vigil.

"A single-phase polling began at 7.00 a.m. in 222 of the 224 assembly constituencies, including 36 reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes (ST)," said an official.

Polling in Bengaluru's Raja Rajeshwari Nagar segment has been postponed to May 28 in the voter ID cards case and countermanded in the city's Jayanagar seat following the death of BJP contestant B.N. Vijaya Kumar on May 4.

The state has over 5.07-crore electorate, including 2.62-crore men and 2.5-crore women. New voters are 15,42,000 in the 18-19 age group.

Voting is being held in 58,008 polling stations of 30 districts across the state, with 600 of them as pink booths, manned by all-women personnel, and 28 ethnic booths.

Here are the live updates: 

-56% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in  Karnataka

-We are very-very confident that Congress party will come back to power with complete majority: CM Siddaramaiah in Mysuru's Varuna 

-As there is model code of conduct in Karnataka, PM Modi planned to pray at temples in Nepal instead, just to influence voters.This is not a good trend for democracy.Why did he only choose today as the day?: Ashok Gehlot,Congres

-Sri Sri Ravishankar casts his vote at a polling booth in Kanakapura


-HD Kumaraswamy and wife Anitha after casting their vote in Ramanagara. Kumaraswamy says, 'We are confident that JDS will cross the magic number on its own'.

-JD(S)'s HD Deve Gowda, his wife Chennamma Deve Gowda, son HD Revanna  and other family members cast their votes at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district..

-10,6% voting till 9 am in Karnataka Elections 2018

-JD(S)'s H. D. Deve Gowda casts his vote at polling booth no.244 in Holenarasipura town in Hassan district, says, 'We expect a possibility of forming the government, we have done well.' 

-BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar casts his vote at Karnataka Reddyjana Sangha in Bengaluru's Koramangala 

Faulty Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine at booth number 108 being replaced, voting is yet to resume at the booth.  

 Voting for 222 seats is underway in Karnataka, visuals from booth number.172 in BTM constituency

Visuals of people casting their vote at booth number 159-159 in Gulbarga South.

-People queue up at polling booth number 144 in Badami constituency. CM Siddaramaiah is contesting against BJP's B.Sriramulu from here.  

People cast their votes at a polling booth in Dommasandra B Munireddy School, located in BTM constituency 

-Voters arrive to cast their vote at booth no. 123A in Puttur.   

-Union Minister & BJP leader Sadananda Gowda casts his vote in Puttur.  

-BJP Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa casts his vote in Shikarpur, Shimoga