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State polls: Counting to take place on Thursday

The counting process, which will begin at 8 am is expected to be fast in view of the deployment of EVMs.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 17:23 IST

The counting of votes for assembly seats in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Pondicherry will take place on Thursday.

The counting for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha bypoll will also be done on Thursday.

The process, which will begin at 8 am is expected to be fast in view of the deployment of Electronic Voting Machines.

The counting of votes will be done in hundreds of centres, Election Commission sources said.

The AIADMK-led front is facing a tough fight from the DMK-led front in Tamil Nadu where exit polls have predicted a clear victory for Karunanidhi-led coalition.

Pollsters have predicted a clear majority for the Left-led Front in West Bengal and Kerala while Assam is expected to throw up a fractured verdict with the ruling Congress likely to fall short of a majority.

Exit polls also showed that Congress is likely to retain power in the Union Territory of Pondicherry.

The outcome of Rae Bareli Lok Sabha bypoll, from where Congress President Sonia Gandhi contested, appears to be a foregone conclusion with the Congress leader expected to have a cakewalk.

The Election Commission has created a 'Special Home Page' on its website for counting and would give news flashes with round-wise details of trend, they said.

A new feature "Dynamic Maps' based navigation of all five states would be available on the website giving the details of trend of votes and final results constituency-wise, they said.

For the benefit of vernacular media, the Commission would be making available on its website constituency-wise details of the results in English, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Bangla languages, they added.

First Published: May 10, 2006 16:05 IST