Election Commission sets up panel to probe leak of Karnataka poll date

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The counting of votes will take place on May 15.

The Election Commission on Tuesday announced polling dates for Karnataka at press conference in New Delhi.

The last date for filing nomination by candidates has been scheduled on April 24.

According to reports, action would be taken against the person who leaked information from the Election Commission, and not against Amit Malviya.

Winning Karnataka is crucial for the Congress because it has lost several states across the India in the recent past and is left with just four states - Punjab, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Mizoram - where it is in power.

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The BJP President said, "Rahul Gandhi says that Congress unites Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians".

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EVMs and VVPAT in Every Polling Station: OP Rawat Chief Election Commissioner of India OP Rawat said that there will be 52,696 polling stations in the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018.

These elections are being held to choose the 224 members of the Karnataka Assembly whose tenure ends in May 2018.

However, both got the date of declaration of results wrong. Mattu said he never misused power in the last five years and that under pressure from villagers, he had got one crore rupee sanctioned to Mattu area under "Grama Vikasa" scheme for clean water project in the village. There will be SIngle phase election where the process will be followed like this. The election commission held a press conference in which it said that special arrangements are going to be made for women's safety, with 450 all female centres to be set to ensure their protection.

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Rawat also appealed to Karnataka's IT professionals to lend a helping hand in preventing any "malicious, divisive or targeted social media campaigns connected with any harvesting of data etc".

"Karnataka will vote on May 12, counting on May 18", Malviya tweeted at 11.08 a.m.

"As is evident now, the final dates announced by the EC were different from what Times Now had reported, that was the sole source of the information in my tweet".

Janata Dal-Secular state president H D Kumaraswamy invoking the gods, said that their blessings were on his party.

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