Bengaluru: On the day of Karnataka Assembly election, voters from all walks of life came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise.
First-time voters, grandparents, young brides, celebrities, differently-abled participated enthusiastically to celebrate the "festival of democracy".
By 3 pm, 56 per cent people had cast their votes on Saturday. Among them was 111-year-old seer of Siddaganga Mutt, Shivakumara Swami, who has voted in Tumakuru.
Earlier, an 87-year-old wheelchair-borne woman also cast her vote in Shimoga constituency.
Right before her wedding, a bride, in her wedding attire, was at a polling booth where she had come to cast her vote.
A newly married couple was seen at polling booth 191-A in Dharwad where they arrived after their wedding to cast their vote.
Not just the old, enthusiasm was seen among the first-time voters who also came to of their houses to exercise their right to vote.
A differently-abled person accompanied by his family members also voted in the Badami constituency and posed for the cameras.
Over 2,600 candidates are in the fray -- more than 2,400 men and over 200 women.
The total voters including service electors according to the 2018 final rolls are 5,06,90,538, of whom 2,56,75,579 are male voters, 2,50,09,904 females and 5,055 transgender voters. Over 15 lakh people are first-time voters in the 18-19 age group.
Tight security is in place to ensure smooth and peaceful polling.
Counting of votes and results for 222 of the 224 seats will be announced on Tuesday, May 15....