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Karnataka Panchayat Election 2015

Election to 5,844 rural local bodies (gram panchayats) will be held in two phases on May 29 and June 1 in Karnataka, an official said.

"As new rural local bodies have to be constituted following the expiry of their previous five-year tenure, polling will be held on May 29 and June 1 in 15 districts," state election commission chief P.N. Srinivasachari told IANS.

Counting of votes for both phases will take place on June 5.

Ahead of notification for the first phase, the model code of conduct will come into force from May 10 and prevail till June 7 in all villages, taluks (sub-districts) and zilla (districts) including urban local bodies.

"Though the government has made voting in the local body poll compulsory by amending the Karnataka Panchayat Raj Act, the offenders will not be penalised," Srinivasachari said.

As the rural local body election is held on a non-party basis, 28 million voters will be eligible to elect 94,458 members. Half the seats are reserved for women.

"Polling, however, will not be held in 229 local bodies as their tenure is up to August," Srinivasachari added.

On a pilot basis, the poll panel will use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the first time in the rural local bodies across Bidar district, about 690 km from here.

Karnataka Election 2015

Karnataka is a state that belongs to the southern part of India. The population of Karnataka is more than 61,000,000.
There are 28 Lok Sabha constituencies in Karnataka. Among them Bidar, Kolar, Chamarajanagar and Chikkodi are reserved constituencies for the Scheduled Castes.
The total number of electorates in Karantaka is 44,694,658 of which 22,800,918 are male votes and 21,885,287 are females.
Politics in the state are mainly dominated by the three main parties The Indian National Congress, the Janta Dal (Secular) and the Bhartiya Janata Party. During the recent times it has seen many ups and downs in the political system of this state.
Opinion poll conducted by CSDS says Congress party will win 10-18 seats while the BJP is likely to win 6-10 seats. 4-8 seats may be bagged by the Janata Dal Secular (JDS).
The CNN-IBN opinion poll gives Congress party 18-22 seats while the BJP is likely to win 2-6 LS seats. The JD(S) party may secure 2-6 seats.
India TV survey says INC may win 13 seats and the BJP will get 12 seats. The JD(S) is likely to win 3 seats. Headlines Today-CVoter opinion poll predicts 13 seats for the BJP, 12 by the Congress party, 2 by JDS and 1 by AAP.

Active Political Parties in Karnataka


Party name Abbr Election symbol
Aam Aadmi Party AAP
Bharatiya Janata Party BJP
Indian National Congress INC
Communist party of IndiaCPI
Badavara Shramikara Raitara Congress BSRC
Janata Dal (Secular) JD(S)
Karnataka Janata Paksha KJP
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