Disappointment with the running candidates was a common complaint of voters, many of whom said they wanted to see a none-of-the-above or NOTA button on the electronic voting machines.
Well-known freedom fighter H S Doraiswamy, 97, who came to the Jayanagar polling booth, said "I am not happy with the candidates. I wish there was a NOTA option. It is a case of choosing the least bad among the lot, but it is my duty to vote."
Prominent Bengaluru citizens also urged voters to come out and vote.
At a polling booth Infosys co-founder NR Narayanamurthy told NDTV, "The first step in cleaning up our city is coming out to vote. If you don't vote you should not complain."
"The mayor should have such quality that he should be able to become prime minister. And the mayor should have a 5 year term," Mr Murthy said. Bad traffic was the city's biggest problem, he said.
Independent Parliamentarian Rajeev Chandrasekhar and former Infosys officer Mohandas Pai cast their vote and urged others to vote as well.
Folks, voted. Bangaloreans pl go out and vote. Your future is in your hands. Not voting means bleak future pic.twitter.com/AZVvpmVvSm- Mohandas Pai (@MDPai05) August 22, 2015
Bengaluru voted for 197 seats of the 198 wards of the municipal body today through more than 6,000 polling booths. BJP's Bharati Ramachandra has been declared elected from the Hongasandra ward after the nomination of Congress candidate K Maheshwari was rejected for submitting a false caste certificate.
Around 1,200 candidates from mainstream political parties, independents and rebels had filed nominations for the polls.
The BJP had claimed the last civic body elections for in 2010 by winning in 116 seats; the Congress won 62 seats and the Janata Dal Secular won 14 and independent candidates won the rest.