Bangalore, Apr 16 UNI | 3 months ago

With elaborate measures taken and security set in place, election officials expect a higher per centage of voting in the 28 Lok Sabha segments in Karnataka tomorrow.

Speaking at a meet-the-press programme organised by Press Club of Bangalore and Bangalore Reporters Guild here, state Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said the state election commission expects a higher than 72 per cent polling recorded in the Assembly polls held in the state during May last year.

"We have ensured all possible facilities for the voters and ensured steps for free and fair polling. Little over 4.46 crore voters are eligible for casting their franchise and this constitutes about 72 per cent of the total population of Karnataka," he said.

Mr Jha said, "Our special focus will remain rooting out bribery and impersonation. Anyone who gives money to a voter or anyone who receives money from political parties will be punished. No one will be allowed to vote more than once or vote in other voter's name. Such offence will attract a jail term of up to one year".

(Posted on 16-04-2014)