It's the day that counts
Counting of votes for the Punjab assembly elections will begin at 8am on Tuesday. The results are expected by 12:30pm. The state had gone to the polls on January 30.
Counting will be held in 31 cities and towns across the state. Eight companies of paramilitary forces, along with Punjab police personnel, have been deputed.
In all, the fate of 1,078 candidates is sealed in 19,841 EVMs (electronic voting machines). It is largely a straight fight between the ruling Akali-BJP coalition and the Congress, with the People's Party of Punjab-led Sanjha Morcha and the Bahujan Samaj Party keen to make their presence felt.
Meanwhile, Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) Kusumjit Sidhu said the Election Commission of India (EC) would keep a track of cases registered against candidates, including those pertaining to the seizure of liquor and narcotics.
"About 12-14 cases were registered against candidates on the polling day," she told HT.
Sidhu said the case of seizure of liquor, registered against SAD candidate Bibi Jagir Kaur, was one of those being followed up by the EC.
She said the most 'troublesome' districts had been Amritsar, Fazilka, Kapurthala, Bathinda and Muktsar.