Counting of votes at 36 centres tomorrow

Counting of votes at 36 centres tomorrow

The fate of  2,940 candidates who contested the May 5 Assembly polls will be decided at 36 counting centres across the State on Wednesday.

As many as 3.1 crore voters exercised their franchise, which have now been captured in 57,012 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Counting of votes for 28 constituencies coming under Bangalore Urban district and Bangalore Bruhat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits will be taken up at four counting centres – VHD Home Science College, Seshadri Road; Mount Carmel PU College, Palace Road; Maharani’s Arts College, Palace Road and SSMRV PU College, Jayanagar.

The counting of votes of the four constituencies of Ramanagar will be taken up at the Government RC College of Commerce.

Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha said counting of votes will start at 8 am on May 8 and initial trends will be available by 10 am.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), as per the EC directions, has taken over the responsibility of securing the premises of the strong rooms where the EVMs have been stored.

As many as 100 personnel will be involved in counting of votes per constituency. According to Additional District Electoral Officer (ADEO) Dr R Vishal, as many as 14  tables for counting the votes will be set up for each constituency. Each counting table will have three personnel for counting the votes, with one micro-observer in place. For Bangalore constituencies, as many as 3,000 personnel, including those in reserve, will be involved in the counting process.

“There will be a sizeable contingent of the local law and order personnel and the Central forces guarding the counting centres,” said Vishal.

To ensure transparency, one representative from each political party/Independent candidate will be allowed at each counting table.

Counting centres, constituencies

* VHD Home Science College:  Yelahanka, Bytarayanapura, Yeswanthpura, Dasarahalli, Mahadevapura, Bangalore South, Anekal

* Mount Carmel PU College: Rajarajeshwarinagar, Shivajinagar, Shantinagar, Gandhinagar, Rajajinagar, Chamrajpet, Chickpet

* Maharani’s Art College: KR Pura, Mahalakshmi Layout, Malleswaram, Hebbal,
Pulikeshinagar, Sarvagnanagar, CV Raman Nagar

* SSMRV PU College: Govindarajanagar, Vijayanagar, Basavanagudi, Padmanabhanagar, BTM Layout, Jayanagar, Bommanahalli

* Govt RC College of Commerce: Hoskote, Devanahalli, Doddaballapur, Nelamangala

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