A total of 2,654 candidates, including 216 women candidates, are in the fray for the election, which is being looked at as a game changer for the Congress ahead of the general elections in 2019, and as a gateway into the South for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Of the 58,008 polling stations across the state, 12,002 were labelled "critical", and over 3,50,000 polling personnel were on duty during the day. The term of the 224-member assembly will end on May 28.
"This poll expenditure methodology is based on using our own past base data state-wise and taking into account the per cent of voters paid in different blocks of assembly constituencies and the amount paid on average by different parties, and what was spent on key campaign activities by candidates and parties at different levels". In Bengaluru, the police commissioner T Suneel Kumar has passed prohibitory orders under Section 144, which will be lifted on Sunday 6pm.More news: Democrats to force vote Wednesday on net neutrality
In response to a question, he said the Election Commission had chose to hold a re-poll for one polling station in Hebbal, on May 14 as button number nine in the BU got stuck after 63 votes were cast.
In a women-oriented step, 450 "pink booths" called "Sakhi" have been set up. While the machine is being replaced, voting has been stopped at the booth.
Several parties also expressed apprehension about polling taking place on the second Saturday of the month, saying this too would impact voter turnout. The slip is displayed to the voter for seven seconds. "EC will take measures to correct this anomaly", said a senior official.More news: What Pope Francis said about Gaza killings, violence in middle
The machines also helps in tallying the votes in case somebody claims that their votes were tampered with.
Owing to the integrity of the machines, even the Supreme Court had refused to entertain the Congress, when they approached it in December requesting it "to count and cross verify at least 25 percent of the VVPAT paper trail (votes) with the EVM votes" cast in the Gujarat election.More news: Nikka Bella's Reaction to John Cena's Heartbreaking Plea on 'Today'