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Initial trends expected by 9am: CEO

chandigarh Updated: Oct 18, 2014 21:26 IST
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Elaborate arrangements has been made for counting of votes in all 90 assembly constituencies in the state on Sunday, chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said on Saturday.

Stating that the counting would begin at 8am, he said the initial trends would be available from 9am onwards and the result would be expected to be declared by afternoon the same day.

The trend and results will be available on websites and Walgad said about 5,000 officials would be put on duty for the counting of votes all over the state. As many as 90 Central observers and 1,200 micro-observers had been deputed by the Election Commission of India to monitor the counting of votes.

He said 30 companies of paramilitary forces, which had been guarding the strong rooms where EVMs were stored, would be deployed for the security arrangements to guard the counting centres in addition to state police force. The Haryana government had already declared October 19 as dry day in the entire state, he added.

78% turnout in Mewat re-poll

The re-polling at five polling booths in Ferozepur Jhirka assembly constituency of the state was conducted in a peaceful manner on Saturday. Chief electoral officer Shrikant Walgad said as per the reports received here, 78.05% voter turnout was recorded at these polling booths. It may be recalled that the re-polling was ordered in the wake of allegations of rampant bogus voting and clashes between the supporters of two candidates on October 15, the polling day.