Bengaluru: Amid rise in Covid-19 cases, by-polls for a Lok Sabha seat in Belgaum and two assembly constituencies of Basavakalyan and Maski, are set to begin in Karnataka on Saturday.
30 candidates- 26 men and four women- including 10 in Belgaum, 12 in Basavakalyan and 8 in Maski (Reserved) are in the fray.
There are five Independents each in Belgaum and Maski and four in Basavakalyan.
Of the 22,59,778 voters in the three seats, 18,13,567 are in Belgaum, 2,39,782 in Basavakalyan and 2,06,429 in Maski. Voters will be casting their vote across 3,197 polling stations in the three constituencies.
Voters will be casting their franchise across 3,197 polling stations in the three constituencies. The votes will be counted on May 2.
To ensure the compliance of Covid protocol, .the Election Commission (EC) has decided to keep polling open for more hours, i.e. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last one hour is reserved for Covid positive patients.