Lucknow (UP) May 22: With exit polls predicting a tough contest between the BJP and the SP-BSP alliance, all eyes are on counting of votes in Uttar Pradesh in 80 Lok Sabha seats.The counting of votes will start at 8 am on Thursday and it will continue till the announcement of the results.
Unprecedented security have been made at the polling centres and in the sensitive districts with 200 companies of central paramilitary forces and 100 companies of PAC along with over 2 lakh district police would be deployed to maintain law and order.
All the counting centres have already turned into a fortress and security personnel have taken the charge with allowing only the people having valid pass to enter it. Though Election Commission has strictly banned victory procession and other celebrations in the state and all the district authorities have clamped section 144 of the CrPC to prevent anti-social elements to create nuisance, but still the authorities are leaving no stone unturned in the security matter.
Liquor shops will also be closed for the entire counting day.State DG police (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said here on Wednesday that three-tier security system would be in place at the counting centres where no one without valid passes would be allowed to enter. He admitted that apprehending post counting violence, appropriate security have been in 13 sensitive districts besides adequate central forces and PAC have been deployed to maintain law and order.
Along with 80 Lok Sabha seats, results of two assembly bypolls- Nighasan in Kheri district and Agra (north)- would also be counted. State Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Vekenteshwar Lu said here on Wednesday that all arrangements for smooth conduct of the counting have been completed. The CEO said that the trends would be available after completion of entire round of counting while the results would be declared after getting approval from the Commission.
In UP, all the 75 districts would have counting centres but in some districts, counting of votes would be done for two Lok Sabha seats. According to EC sources, in each assembly segment there would be 15 tables where 14 tables would be used for counting and one for cross checking the votes. The counting of votes and checking it with the VVPAT slips in five booths would be done at the end while at first the postal ballots would be taken up for counting.
UP went for 7-phase polling covering all the 80 Lok Sabha seats where around 58 per cent of the total 14.76 crore voters exercised their franchise. The polling was totally peaceful with most of the seats went for a triangular contest between BJP, the opposition alliance of SP-BSP-RLD and the Congress. Tension also brewed in some places after rumour of mishandling of the EVMs but EC had denied any such incident. UNI