"Election was by and large peaceful. There were no major incidents", an Election official said.
Seventeen zilla panchayats and 103 taluk panchayats went to polls, and there were in all 595 ZP and 2,163 TP seats at stake. A total of 1.54 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise.
Polling was held in the districts of Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Chamarajnagar, Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Uttara Kannada, Davangere and Koppal.
Run up to the poll saw aggressive campaign by the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress and JDS, and the outcome would give an idea to these three parties as to where they stand at the grassroots level, as the B S Yeddyurappa government completed two-and-half-years in office.
The result is particularly important for the BJP as both the Congress and the JDS had in recent weeks sought to put the Government on the mat by repeatedly raising charges of corruption and nepotism against it.