ELECTION COMMISSION has made an elaborate arrangements for counting of votes for Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur assembly elections. Counting will start at 8 in the morning and first of all postal ballots will be counted.
The Election Commission (EC) has issued guidelines on security arrangements for counting of votes. EC has also set up facilities for disseminating trends and results of elections of five assemblies. EC’s website will start functioning at 8.00 in the morning. It would provide comparative analysis of results with 2012 polls, besides constituency wise, party wise and candidate wise trends.
The News Services Division of All India Radio will also broadcast special news bulletins on results of Assembly elections tomorrow. The English bulletin broadcast at noon will be of ten minutes duration followed by the Hindi bulletin also of ten minutes.
The duration of English bulletin broadcast at 2 PM has been extended to 30 minutes. It will be followed by the Hindi bulletin which will also be of half-an-hour duration. The English bulletin broadcast at 6 PM will be of ten minutes and will be followed by Hindi bulletin also with 10 minutes of duration. As a result, the Sanskrit news bulletin will be broadcast at 1820 hours.
In Uttar Pradesh, counting will take palce in 78 centres across 75 districts. Our correspondent reports, Chief Electoral officer reviewed preparations for counting of votes through video conferencing.
In Uttrakhand, counting of votes will be held at 15 centres across the state. To avoid any controversy, the counting process will be video graphed.
In Punjab, 14,000 officials have been deployed for smooth conduct of counting and it will be held at 54 counting centres at 27 locations.
In Goa, counting for 19 North Goa constituencies will be held at Panaji and for 21 south Goa constituencies in Madgaon city.
And in Manipur, the counting of votes for 60-member Assembly will be taken up at eleven centres.