The candidates have also been barred from any celebrations, bursting crackers etc at polling booths. Heavy security is being deployed at the 38 counting centres in Karnataka, five of which are in Bengaluru.
Of the 58,008 polling stations across the state, 12,002 were labelled "critical", and over 3,50,000 polling personnel were on duty during the day.
The situation around the centre is said to be under control; however, the election-governing body, earlier, noted that a marginal percentage of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) failures has been reported.
"The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night". Some have said the Congress led by its chief ministerial Siddaramaiah, will emerge as the single largest party, while the others have shown the BJP with maximum seats. It was 65 percent in 2008 and 2004, 69 percent in 1989 and 1994, and 69 percent in the 1990 Assembly election.
The votes for the 222 constituencies of the 224 seats will be counted on May 15.
Karnataka has an electorate of over 4.97 crore, including 2.52 crore men and 2.45 crore women.
Polling for R R Nagar seat was deferred on account of alleged electoral malpractices, while it was countermanded in Jayanagar seat following the death of the BJP candidate.
Just hours before the election, the Election Commission on Friday postponed the voting in Bengaluru's Rajarajeshwari Nagar (RR Nagar) to May 28, after almost 10,000 voter ID cards were found in a flat in the constituency. Weekend and the day of voting in the state where coffee drinking is the strongest culture, a restaurant opposite the Vidhan Soudha in a move to encourage voters and especially young and first-time voters.