The ruling Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka is all set to face a popularity test on Tuesday, with results expected for three Lok Sabha and two Assembly constituencies which had gone for polls on Saturday.
A total of 1,248 counting staff have been deployed for the counting of votes, which will begin at 8 am on Tuesday.
An estimated 67 percent voter turnout of the 54.5 lakh electorate was recorded in the bypolls for the five constituencies. Polling was held from 7 am to 6 pm in Ballari (ST), Mandya and Shivamogga parliamentary constituencies and Jamkhandi and Ramanagara Assembly segments.
According to provisional data at the end of polling, 77.17 percent voting was recorded in Jamkhandi, followed by 71.88 percent in Ramanagara, 63.85 percent in Ballari, 61.05 percent in Shivamogga and 53.93 percent in Mandya.
A total of 31 candidates were in the fray from all the five constituencies, including five from the Opposition BJP, three from JD(S) and two from the Congress. 21 others are Independents or from regional outfits.
As the ruling coalition, the JD(S) and Congress have fielded joint candidates in the bypolls to consolidate their votes. JD(S) is contesting from Mandya, Shivamogga and Ramanagara and the Congress from Ballari and Jamkhandi.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made for Tuesday to ensure to that no untoward incident takes place during the counting of vote...