ECI to announce Karnataka Assembly election schedule today

The term of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly ends on May 24.

Rajiv Kumar
CEC Rajiv Kumar (Photo: Screengrab)

Karnataka Election 2023 date: The Election Commission of India (ECI) is set to announce the schedule for the Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections at 11:30 AM on Wednesday. The Karnataka election 2023 dates will be announced by the poll panel at a press conference in the national capital today. The term of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly ends on May 24.

The elections will be an acid test for the Congress and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in the southern state. While the Congress will seek to wrest power from the BJP, the ruling party has set sight for a second consecutive term.

The Congress was the first party to release its candidates’ list for the elections in the state and announced the first list with 124 candidates on March 25. Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has been fielded from his Varuna seat, while Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee chief DK Shivakumar will contest the elections from the Kanakapura assembly constituency.

Meanwhile, addressing reporters, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that the ECI had introduced the facility to Vote-from-Home (VFH) for people above 80 years of age and those with disabilities for the upcoming elections, adding that the entire process will be videographed.

There are 5.21 crore voters in the state, including 2.59 women voters. The number also includes 16,976 centenarians, 4,699 third gender and 9.17 lakh first-time voters.

Also, there are 12.15 lakh voters above the age of 80 and 5.55 lakh people with disabilities (PWD), he said.

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First published on: 29-03-2023 at 09:02 IST
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