Delhi polls: The what, when and how of counting votes

The Delhi Electoral Office is all geared up for a smooth and glitch-free counting process that will would begin at 8 am on Tuesday.

delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2015 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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By 1 pm on Tuesday, the verdict delivered by Delhi on February 7 is expected to become clear.

The Delhi Electoral Office is all geared up for a smooth and glitch-free counting process that will would begin at 8 am on Tuesday.

Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Chandra Bhushan Kumar told Hindustan Times that all arrangements were in place and nearly 10,000 government employees would be deployed at the 14 difference centres at nine premises to count the more than 89 lakh votes cast.

Postal ballots would be the first to be counted, beginning 8 am. The counting of data stored in the 20,000 EVMs deployed at 12,177 polling stations will start only after 8.30 am. About 10,000 security personnel from Central Armed Police Forces will be present at the centres, apart from Delhi Police personnel.

There will be separate tables for counting postal ballots at halls assigned to each constituency. There will be about 10 to 14 tables for each constituency, where counting will be undertaken by poll officials and monitored by micro-observers.

Representatives of all political parties will be present to witness the process. Apart from this, there will be more than one overall observer at each counting centre.

The electoral officials will retrieve data regarding votes polled for each candidate one by one and show the results to all polling agents of political parties present at the counting centre.

Votes are counted in different rounds, usually 10, which are noted and put up on a display board. It takes about 15 minutes for the whole process for each control unit. About 16,000 control units were deployed on polling day. The whole process will be videographed at all the centres.

Counting of votes is done in different rounds and the number of rounds can be between 15 and 20 depending on the number of votes cast in a particular constituency.

Delhi saw a record voter turnout of 67.13 % during polling for the 70 assembly constituencies on Saturday. More than 89 lakh people voted to choose from the 673 candidates in the fray.

The total number of people who voted this time was 89,34,321, which is 11,06,615 more votes compared to the 2013 assembly elections. Women were not far behind men in voting this time with a turnout of 66.5%, compared to 67.6 % men.

Comparatively, only 19.2% of transgender voters exercised their franchise this time.

This election saw more than 70 % turnout in 16 constituencies, compared to six in the 2013 polls.

First Published: Feb 10, 2015 00:19 IST