Bengal, TN, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry assembly polls: Counting of votes to be held on Thursday

Bengal, TN, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry assembly polls: Counting of votes to be held on Thursday

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-05-18 20:19 New Delhi: The counting of votes for the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry would be held on Thursday morning with trends expected early. By noon, a final picture is likely to emerge on who would be the major players in these states. The counting would commence at 8a.m. and is likely to be completed within 6 to 7 hours time. According to Election Commission guidelines, the ballot unit is switched on in the presence of senior poll officials and counting agents of candidates and the result command keyed in to get results per machine. After the results are declared, names of the winning candidates are published in the gazette. The gazette notification initiates the process to form the next legislative assemblies in the states. In Assam, preparations are on in full swing for the counting of votes of assembly election tomorrow. Counting will take place at 8 a.m. A three tier security layer has been put in place. Additional DGP Bodoland Territorial Area district, L. R. Bishnoi said 60 patrol parties have been constituted to man the area and all counting centres would be provided adequate security. He said 675 police personnel have been deployed in the four districts of Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri, and Chirang. Bishnoi said extra security would be provided if there is threat to any candidate. In Tamil Nadu, counting would be held tomorrow of votes polled in the Assembly elections held on Monday. All arrangements have been made for the counting to be held at 68 counting centres in the state. The re-polling in one of the polling booth in Tenkasi was held today. The counting of votes will start at 8 a.m. tomorrow in Tamil Nadu for 232 Assembly constituencies. At first postal votes would be counted and then at 8.30 AM EVM votes will be counted according to Election Commission. The ballot unit will be switched on in the presence of election commission officials and counting agents. In the counting centres 3236 counting tables have been set up. In 219 constituencies each round will have 14 counting tables. Sholinganallur constituency will have the highest counting tables of 24. In Trichy west constituency where VVPAT machine was used counting agent can verify paper slips in drop box . A three tier security has been given to 68 counting centres in the state. In the state 13,592 persons including 9621 state government officials and 3971 micro-observers will be overseeing the counting process. The electoral fortunes will be known tomorrow in the evenly contested Assembly elections. In West Bengal, the Election Commission has decided to make strict security arrangements for counting of votes on Thursday. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be imposed outside each of the 90 counting centres set-up in Kolkata and across the state. The CEO has held a coordination meeting with all the District Magistrates. 78 companies of Central security forces and state Police personnel are being deployed. The Commission has appointed 4 lakh personnel who will man 4, 932 tables in 394 rooms that have been set up at the counting centres under CCTV watch. One micro-observer will be deployed at each table. Trends will be announced at end of the each round. One observer each will be deputed by the Commission for each of the total 294 Assembly constituencies. Only the observer will have the right to have a mobile phone inside the centre. The counting will begin at 8 a.m. and the postal ballots will be counted first. (ANI)