Counting Of Votes Today Amid Strict Covid Protocol


Assam voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6. (FILE)

Counting of votes for the assembly elections in Assam will start at 8 am with strict adherence to health protocols as it is taking place amid a raging second wave of COVID-19. An average 82.04 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the elections to 126 assembly constituencies in Assam.

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A three-tier security apparatus has also been arranged at the 331 counting halls across the state that voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6, Election Commission officials said.

Counting of votes will also take place for assembly polls in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.  At least 15 rounds of sanitisation will be carried out at each polling centre, besides social distancing and other precautions, including a ban on gatherings, will be strictly followed, officials said.

Here are the live updates on Assam Election Results 2021:

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Assam Election Results 2021: Visuals from outside a counting centre at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in Guwahati

Assam Election Results 2021: Poll Of Exit Polls On Assam

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is likely to retain power in Assam, NDTV’s poll of exit polls, an aggregate of exit polls, has predicted.

The BJP is expected to win 72 of 126 seats. The Congress is likely to win 53 seats, says the poll of exit polls.

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Assam Election Results 2021: BJP looking for a second straight term
In Assam the BJP is looking for a second straight term and has allied with the Asom Gana Parishad and the UPPL (United People’s Party Liberal) to secure the state. The Congress campaigned hard to reclaim its one-time bastion. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma are two of the biggest names on the ballot.

Counting halls up by 200% due to COVID norms; nearly a lakh personnel to count votes on Sunday

Beginning 8 am on Sunday, the counting of votes for the 822 Assembly seats spread across West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry will take place at 2,364 counting halls following the COVID-19 protocols, the Election Commission (EC) said on Saturday.

In 2016, the total number of counting halls was 1,002. The over-200-per cent increase is due to the distancing norms being followed by the poll panel to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

West Bengal will have the maximum number of 1,113 counting halls, Kerala 633, Assam 331, Tamil Nadu 256 and Puducherry 31, the Election Commission said.

Assam Assembly Elections: Counting Of Votes Amid Strict Covid Protocols
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for counting of votes on May 2 for the Assam assembly polls by putting in place measures to ensure strict adherence to health protocols, as it is taking place amid a raging second wave of COVID-19, an official said on Saturday.

A three-tier security apparatus has also been arranged at the 331 counting halls across the state that voted in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6.

 
Considering the fact that coronavirus infection is raging in the state, steps have been taken to ensure that Covid guidelines are strictly followed during the counting.



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