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Counting of votes begins in 4 states

Counting of ballots for Himachal Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura assemblies began on Saturday morning amidst tight security.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2003 09:00 IST

Counting of ballots for Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura assemblies began on Saturday morning amidst tight security.

The electoral fate of over 1,200 candidates including Chief Ministers Prem Kumar Dhumal (Himachal Pradesh), SC Jamir (Nagaland), Flinder Anderson Khonglam (Meghalaya), Manik Sarkar (Tripura), former Chief Ministers VB Singh, Salseng Mark, EK Mawlong, Sudhir Ranjan Majumdar and Samir Ranjan Burman will be decided on Saturday.

Polling was held on February 26 in 65 Assembly constituencies in Himachal Pradesh and 60 each in three Northeastern states.

Due to inclement weather polling in snow-bound constituencies of Lahaul Spiti, Kinaur and Pangi Bharmaur in Himachal Pradesh has been deferred to June 8 in Nagaland, counting of votes will be held for 57 constituencies as repolling in five booths in Kiphire constituency, three in Longleng and two in Thonoknyu, which was supposed to be held on Friday, could not take place due to delay in communication.

Repolling in these booths will be held on Saturday and on March 3.
Simultaneously counting of votes also began for bye-elections in seven assembly constituencies spread over six states-- two in Uttar Pradesh (Gauriganj and Haidergarh) and one each in Jammu and Kashmir (Pampore), Tamil Nadu (Sattankulam), Karnataka (Humnabad), Maharashtra (Bhokarden) and Assam (Ratabari).

The bypoll for Poreyahat assembly constituency in Jharkhand, which was earlier scheduled for February 26, was deferred to March 24 following an agitation by police in the state.

First Published: Mar 01, 2003 08:34 IST