Nation is getting ready for Result day!

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Date: Election Commission of India will start counting votes for 542 constituencies on 23 May at 7 am.

The Election Commission of India will begin counting votes for 17th Lok Sabha elections on 23 May, 2019 (Thursday). With VVPAT counting to be presented with this Lok Sabha election, the results on 23 May are likely to get slowed down by 5 to 6 hours, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh have asserted.

He stated after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is over, the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) will probably be counted in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines. Speaking about the Assembly constituencies of Delhi, Singh stated, “From every Assembly constituency, five (VVPATs) will be randomly selected and they will be counted. There is a special VVPAT booth in every counting hall. It will take place in five rounds.”

Delhi have 70 assembly constituencies and in all 350 VVPATs will be counted.

“Every assembly segment had 200 polling stations and five polling stations will be selected randomly. This will delay the formal results. But trends will be out early. Formal declaration of results will be delayed by five to six hours,” Singh said to PTI.

He additionally briefed Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Dev regarding the expected delay in results, officials asserted.

Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik was present during the briefing and he apprised them regarding the security arrangements that will be made in accordance with the Election Commission guidelines. Delhi has 7 parliamentary constituencies and there is one counting centre in each of them. The counting centres will have one counting hall for each of the 10 assembly segments, officials stated.

In each counting hall, a maximum of 14 tables could be placed and machines that would come in the first round, their results will be put together and uploaded on the ‘Suvidha’ app of the Election Commission. The counting will commence at 8 am with postal ballots. Officials must ensure that the postal ballot counting is finished with a minimum of 2 rounds of EVM counting yet to be done.

After the EVM counting is over, the VVPAT counting will commence.

The Supreme Court has made it clear that random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs will take place in five polling booths per assembly segment. Appropriately, the exercise will be held in 20,600 of the 10.35 lakh polling stations across the nation.

Nearly 39.6 lakh EVMs and 17.4 lakh voter-verifiable paper trail machines (VVPAT) are being utilised in the polling stations. Including reserves.

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