Amid wild speculations about the formation of the next government the counting for state assembly elections would commence early Friday morning to announce the fate of 6070 candidates, including 368 women who were in the fray.
Talking to newsmen on Thursday the chief electoral officer AK Bishnoi said of the total 11.27 crore voters around 5.27 crore (46 per cent) exercised their franchise to elect 402 members for 15th assembly.
Since Arya Nagar (Kanpur City) is the smallest constituency its result is expect at the earliest. Bishnoi said results in biggest constituencies like Ghaziabad (810 polling stations) the announcement could be delayed.
The CEO said by evening entire results would be available. He said all the results would be simultaneously uploaded in commission’s website. He also added, each counting centre had data management arrangement for uplinking of the results.
He said the election commission had made foolproof arrangements to count the votes in 70 districts. Apart from deployment of 200 companies of central para-military forces, the PAC and civil police would also be deployed outside counting centers all over the state.
While recognized and registered parties had fielded 1863 and 1635 candidates respectively there were 2572 independents in the poll battle.
He said while around 52.3 per cent voted during the repolling in eight polling stations in Fazilnagar, Salempur, Sohawal, Ayodhya, Laxmipur and Mubarakpur, the turn out at 46 polling stations in Qaimganj was 47 per cent.
Talking to HT the DGP GL Sharma said “ peaceful polling is result of joint efforts”. Pointing out “excellent intelligence feedback for each phase”, the DGP said “we were thus able to contain the problem much ahead of the polling”. He futher added, “the target was violence-free and rigging-free polling without intimidation by criminals and it has been successfully achieved.”
Sharma said “planning was flawless in every sector.” The DGP also expressed satisfaction over “perfect coordination between UP police and CPMF”. “Micro monitoring helped us achieve our target”, Sharma remarked.
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