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Security beefed up on eve of counting
Rathin Das, PTI
Ahmedabad, December 15, 2002
First Published: 00:04 IST(15/12/2002)
Last Updated: 00:04 IST(15/12/2002)

Security arrangements have been beefed up all over Gujarat even as political parties are keeping their fingers crossed about the outcome of Thursday's Assembly elections.

Counting of votes in all the 181 constituencies will start from 8 on Sunday morning and early results are expected to come in by afternoon.

Security personnel from Rapid Action Force (RAF), Border Security Force (BSF) and other paramilitary forces have been deployed as a precautionary measure in the sensitive areas of Ahmedabad city as well as in other regions. Celebrations over election results had earlier led to clashes in the sensitive areas.

Minorities from some areas in the city have temporarily shifted to other areas in apprehension of trouble after the election results are declared.

It is assumed that the riot-battered minorities have voted en masse with a vengeance this time.

Though both the ruling BJP and the Congress have claimed decisive victories in the polls, usual euphoria is missing in both the camps as the electorate's verdict is expected to be unpredictable this time.

Meanwhile, re-polling in 15 booths in Rajkot, Patan, Anand and Ahmedabad districts was concluded peacefully on Saturday evening.

Voting was suspended in these booths on December 12 following complaints of malfunctioning electronic voting machines and missing names in the voters' list.

Saturday’s repoll recorded a 71.69 per cent voting turnout, according to the state election office.

The highest polling percentage of 92.08 was recorded at Napavanta booth in Borsad constituency, while a booth in Anand recorded the lowest turnout of 52.67 per cent.


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