CEO of Punjab VK Singh says ‘flawless’ election counting in offing on March 11

By: | Published: March 9, 2017 10:43 PM

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab VK Singh today said that arrangements have been made ahead of the counting of the state assembly elections going to be held on March 11.

The counting would begin at 8 am in the morning for which a total of 54 counting centres have been established for all the 117 assembly constituencies. (Reuters)

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab VK Singh today said that arrangements have been made ahead of the counting of the state assembly elections going to be held on March 11. The counting would begin at 8 am in the morning for which a total of 54 counting centres have been established for all the 117 assembly constituencies. Singh also said that more than 14,000 officials have been appointed in all the counting centres across the states. He further mentioned that all the prominent places, malls including the District Election Offices of the state will be able to witness the live proceedings of the counting through the displays.

To ensure complete flawless counting proceedings, VK Singh said that the security arrangements have been made strong enough where the entry of any unauthorised person near the counting centres will be forbidden. Except the Election Observers no other person will be allowed to carry cellphones into the counting centre. The website of the Election Commission will also be updated with the election results according to the CEO.

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The exit polls which were unveiled on Thursday suggest a sweeping win of Bharatiya Janata Party in other states, but not in Punjab. If the opinion polls are to be considered than BJP is in for a victory in Uttar Pradesh, but Congress will rule in Punjab. Though exit polls are considered not exactly accurate but on several occassions opinion polls have been right. The exit polls result have by far showed a neck and neck competition between the Akali Dal and Aam Aadmi Party. Shiromani Akali Dal and SAD(BJP) suggestively shows no mark in the opinion polls. If C-voters prediction are to go by the big change Punbjab has voted for shows a AAP opening its account with a majority in the state of Punjab.

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