NDTV has captured a buzzing counting centre in Bengaluru south, where cameras were allowed. In a first, viewers on live television saw the action packed counting room where officials were at their job. Understandably, only the strongrooms were out of bounds, with strict security around it.
Going by the convention, the chief election commissioner spoke to the media in Delhi just before counting started in Karnataka.
Cash seizures ahead of the polls are a big worry, said Mr Rawat. "Cash seizures were 6.5 times more than the last time... we will have to take some steps," the poll panel chief said. This year the number of flying squads has been increased and static surveillance teams removed to increase the uncertainty factor, which helps in cracking down on money distribution.
Karnataka is at number two after Uttar Pradesh on the list of poll-related confiscations as per the latest data released by the the Election Commission. From the time the model code of conduct kicked in to when the state went to polls, Rs 31.50 crore cash and unexplained jewellery worth Rs 5.83 crore have been seized by several agencies according to the poll panel statement on May 12. In the last assembly elections Rs 14 crore seizures were made in the state.
The other contentious issue in Karnataka has been the fake videos and the way social media has been used. "Misuse of social media is a cause of concern... we are framing a policy on it, the chief election commissioner told NDTV.
Voting in the state for 222 out of the 224 assemblies took place on Saturday, May 12.
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