It is being seen as the most crucial electoral result before the country goes to the poll in the 2019 general elections. The counting of votes for the 2018 Assembly elections in Karnataka will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, and security has been beefed up across the state, at all counting centres. The Election Commission has deployed 16,662 personnel for counting of votes amid tight security.
In all, 2,622 candidates, including 217 women contested the 222 seats, including 36 reserved for Scheduled Castes and 15 for the Scheduled Tribes.
The ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fought in all 222 constituencies while the Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) fielded candidates for 201 seats. Its ally Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) contested 21 seats. There were 1,155 Independents and about 800 candidates from national, regional and fringe parties.
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