Bengaluru: Chief Election Commissioner of India Rajeev Kumar on Saturday announced that all senior citizens above the age of 80 and people with disabilities will get the option to vote from home in the Karnataka Assembly elections.
The term of the 224-member Karnataka Assembly is set to end on May 24.
Kumar said, “The tenure of the Karnataka assembly is till May 24, 2023. Therefore, a new assembly has to be held and elections have to be completed before that.”
Kumar further said that Form 12D will be available within five days of the notification, to facilitate any 80 plus or PWD voter who wishes to vote from home.
“For the first time, we are going to facilitate all voters above 80 and persons with disabilities (PwD) voters in Karnataka to vote from their homes if they wish. There is a Form 12D which will be available within five days of notification to facilitate any 80 plus or PWD voter who wishes to vote from home.
In the 2018 assembly elections, the BJP won 104 seats and emerged as the single largest party, while the Congress and the JD(S) secured 78 and 37 seats, respectively.
The three-member Election Commission of India is on a three-day visit to Karnataka to review the preparations.
The ECI had said in a tweet that Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and Election Commissioners Anoop Chandra Pandey and Arun Goel are in Bengaluru to review preparations for the upcoming assembly elections in Karnataka.