Assembly Election Results: The Stage Was Set For The Counting Of Votes In 4 States, Puducherry | India News
Starting at 8 in the morning, the counting of the 822 seats of the assembly will be carried out in 2,364 counting rooms. The commission has appointed 822 tellers and more than 7,000 teller assistants to count the votes.
Candidates or their agents will not be allowed into the counting rooms without a negative Covid-19 report.
A three-tier security arrangement has been implemented at 108 counting centers where Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), along with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Record Units (VVPAT) have been kept in strong rooms.
At least 292 observers and 256 companies have been appointed from the central forces deployed in the counting centers spread over 23 districts of the state that voted in eight phases between March 27 and April 29.
The South 24 Parganas district has the maximum number of counting centers at 15, while Kalimpong, Alipurduar and Jhargram each have one.
Most of the exit polls released after the eighth and final round of voting suggested that the ruling TMC might have an advantage over the BJP and the Left-Congress-ISF combination.
A three-tier security apparatus has also been placed in the 331 counting rooms statewide that voted in three phases on March 27, April 1, and April 6.
Unlike 2016 assembly elections When there were 143 countable rooms with 14 tables each, the number of tables has been reduced to seven per room this time.
The use of masks and disinfectants has been made mandatory to enter the counting rooms. EVMs and VVPATs in well-ventilated counting rooms will be disinfected prior to the start of the process.
No public gatherings will be allowed outside the counting site during the process.
An average voter turnout of 82.04 percent was recorded in the three-phase elections in 126 constituencies.
In Tamil Nadu, there are 75 counting centers spread across the state and all arrangements have been made to run the exercise smoothly, authorities said.
Altogether, there would be 3,372 EVM tables, and depending on the constituency and votes surveyed, the vote count is expected to vary between 13 and 43 rounds in each of the 234 segments.
Authorities said the vote count would be done in strict compliance with EC guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which includes RT-PCR tests for agents.
In Tamil Nadu, although there were four fronts, including the actor-politician Kamal haasanMakkal Needhi Maiam led the team, the key contest was between the ruling AIADMK and the main opponent DMK, whose exit polls have predicted that they will seize the reins of power.
In Kerala, of the 633 chambers in 114 counting centers, 527 will be allocated for tabulating EVM votes, while the remaining 106 will be for counting votes by mail, Electoral Director.
In Kerala, up to 957 candidates, including the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, 11 of his cabinet colleagues, Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, Congressional Leader Oommen Chandy, BJP Head of State K Surendran, ‘Metroman’ E Sreedharan, and former Union Minister KJ Alphons, among others, they fought for the 140 seats in the assembly.
Although all exit polls and pre-election polls had predicted a massive victory for the ruling front, the UDF opposition has not given up hope.
On the territory of the Puducherry union, former Chief Minister N Rangaswamy led the All India NR Congress-BJP alliance and the Congress-DMK combination are the main contenders for power. Exit polls have predicted a victory for the Rangaswamy-led front.
Up to 1,382 troops would be deployed to count the votes throughout the UT, while around 400 policemen will be on security duties.
The counting of the votes by mail is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, after which the votes polled at the Electronic Voting Machines are expected to take place half an hour later.
(With contributions from the agency)