Press Esc to close
Tuesday 04 August 2015
News updated at 12:13 AM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Counting of 55 crore votes to begin at 8 am

NEW DELHI, May 15, 2014, DHNS:
 Preparations being made for counting of votes at Secunderabad on Thursday. PTI Photo

The wait for the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls will end on Friday, when the Election Commission will count over 55 crore votes in 989 counting centres across the country.

The counting will begin at 8:00 am and the trends would begin to trickle in by 9-9:30 am, Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath said on Thursday.

The mandate is expected to be clearer by noon although the EC officials said the final tally would come out late in the evening. Though the exit polls aired by several TV channels predicted a big victory for the BJP, Friday’s results will make it clear if the party and its prime-ministerial candidate Narendra Modi could really escape the proverbial slips between the cup and lips.

“To maintain utmost transparency during the counting process, the EC has deployed micro-observers at each counting table and instructed every Returning Officer to give printout of each counting round and of each Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) to the agents of the candidates,” an EC said.

The counting will reveal the performance of 8,251 candidates, who fought for the 543 Lok Sabha seats. Their fates were sealed in over 7,00,000 EVM in nine phases of polling, which started on April 7 and concluded on May 12.

The national parties have fielded 1,591 candidates for election to the 16th Lok Sabha. Altogether, 529 candidates of regional parties and 2,897 of the registered unrecognized parties are also in the fray, apart from 3,234 independent candidates.
The EC, which was accused of bias by the BJP ahead of the last round of polling, reviewed its earlier decision of allowing the Returning Officer (RO) and Assistant Returning Officers (ARO) to carry mobile phones inside the counting halls.
The poll-panel decided that neither the ROs and the AROs, nor even the candidates and their agents would be allowed to enter the counting halls with their cell-phones.
The only person, who is authorised to use a cell-phone inside a counting hall, is the EC observer.
DH News Service


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523