Karnataka Assembly polls held on May 12 and counting on May 15

Vastavam web: The Karnataka Assembly polls will be held on May 12 and the votes will be counted on May 15, Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat announced on Tuesday.There will be a single phase election for the 224-member assembly, like the last time.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 polls are being seen as politically crucial for Karnataka’s ruling Congress as well as the BJP. It is the only big state where the Congress is in power after losing a string of assembly elections to the saffron party over the last few years.