The counting of votes polled in the 4 states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu in addition to the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry will begin amid tight safety and strict Covid-safety protocols on Sunday morning as political events await the outcomes anxiously.
The counting of postal ballots will start at 8 am. The votes polled in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will likely be taken up for counting half an hour later. Trends will begin trickling in a little bit after the counting course of begins. During the day, the outcomes in the 4 states and one UT will turn out to be clearer, however the official bulletins on some particular person seats might proceed into the night time.
It may very well be a good race in West Bengal with a slight edge to the BJP over Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, predicts the India Today-Axis My India exit ballot. If the numbers maintain, as many as 64 seats in West Bengal may very well be essential, the place the margin is prone to be lower than 2 per cent.
On the opposite hand, the BJP will retain Assam, Pinarayi Vijayan will buck the anti-incumbency trend in Kerala, whereas the DMK will return to power in Tamil Nadu, the India Today-Axis My India exit ballot forecasts. In the Union Territory (UT) of Puducherry, the NDA will win if the predictions are confirmed proper.
In addition, the counting of votes for the simultaneous bypolls to 4 Lok Sabha seats and 12 Assembly seats in totally different states may even be taken up collectively.
NO VICTORY PROCESSIONS, ROADSHOWS
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has banned victory processions and roadshows after the counting of votes as a result of of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping throughout the nation.
A most of two individuals can be allowed to accompany the profitable candidate or their authorised consultant to obtain the certificates of election from the Returning Officer. Some excessive courts have additionally issued comparable orders.
It appears to be a direct combat between the BJP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s TMC. Who will get the magic determine of 147 in the home of 294 will likely be identified solely after the votes are counted.
A 3-tier safety association has been in place at 108 counting centres the place polled EVMs, together with voter-verifiable paper audit path (VVPAT) models, have been saved in robust rooms.
292 observers have been appointed and 256 firms of central forces deployed on the counting centres unfold throughout 23 districts of West Bengal.
All the EVMs and VVPATs on the counting centres will likely be sanitised earlier than the counting of votes. Masks, face shields and sanitiser will likely be saved exterior the centres for these concerned in the train. At least 15 rounds of sanitisation will likely be executed at every centre throughout the course of.
Mock Drill of Voting and Counting carried out at 293 Nalhati and 291 Rampurhat Assembly Constituency of Birbhum District. #WestBengalElections2021 @ECISVEEP @SpokespersonECI @rajivkumarec @PIBKolkata pic.twitter.com/ujWeMGQiwM
— CEO West Bengal (@CEOWestBengal) May 1, 2021
Counting tables have been organized, factoring the necessity for bodily distancing. Candidates and their brokers must produce a negative Covid test report or a double dose of vaccination certificate to enter counting centres. Gatherings exterior counting centres aren’t allowed.
The Calcutta High Court has stated that it expects political events, their candidates and supporters will adhere to Covid-safety protocols. The court docket stated it expects the rules to be enforced by the state businesses and the Election Commission of India in West Bengal.
KERALA, TAMIL NADU, PUDUCHERRY
All preparations are in place for the counting of votes in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
In Kerala, as many as 957 candidates, together with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, have been in the fray for the 140 meeting seats. Of the 633 halls in 114 counting centres, 527 will likely be earmarked for tabulating EVM votes, whereas the remaining 106 will likely be for counting postal votes.
Sanitization of Nilambur Wandoor LAC Counting Centre in Kerala carried out as per the #ElectionCommissionOfIndia pointers for the counting of votes tomorrow, May 2 @ECISVEEP pic.twitter.com/i5bEfKTYro
— Chief Electoral Officer Kerala (@Ceokerala) May 1, 2021
In Tamil Nadu, there have been almost 4,000 candidates in the fray, together with Chief Minister Ok Palaniswami, and DMK president M K Stalin.
In Tamil Nadu, there are 75 counting centres. Cumulatively, there can be 3,372 EVM tables and the counting is anticipated to vary anyplace from 13 to 43 rounds in every of the 234 segments.
The Madras High Court has appealed to political leaders and the get together cadres in Tamil Nadu to not go in for celebrations, together with bursting of crackers, after the announcement of outcomes.
In Puducherry, former Chief Minister N Rangaswamy led All India NR Congress-BJP alliance and the Congress-DMK mix are the important thing contenders for energy. As many as 1,382 personnel can be deployed for the counting of votes in the UT, whereas about 400 shall be on safety duties.
In Assam, about 35,000 counting officers and brokers, half of the declaration of the outcomes course of, have been examined for the virus. Each counting corridor can have a most of seven tables, and there will likely be a micro-observer for every desk.
RAT exams and vaccination being administered on Counting brokers and officers in preparation for Counting Day, 2nd May 2021 in Dhansiri LAC.#AssamElection2021 #AssemblyElection2021 @ECISVEEP @SpokespersonECI @diprassam @rajivkumarec pic.twitter.com/aDngJxPVzV
— CEO Assam (@ceo_assam) May 1, 2021
Postal ballots will likely be counted first from 8 am. The counting of votes forged in EVMs will begin at 8.30 am. There are 126 robust rooms the place EVMs and VVPATs have been saved. EVM & VVPAT packing containers will likely be sanitised earlier than they’re taken to the counting halls. The assembly election was held in Assam in three phases on March 27, April 1 and 6.
Following the Election Commission’s directive, the state authorities has banned victory rallies on the day of outcomes.
The authorities has additionally prolonged the night time curfew throughout the state until May 7.