Counting of votes to begin from 8 Thursday morning

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

The counting of votes for the 2012 Assembly elections will be held on Thursday. The counting will begin at 8 am at voting centres across the state.

The elections for 182 seats were held in two phases on 13 and 17 December. This time the state has witnessed a historic 71.32 percent voter turnout.

The Election Commission has set up 33 counting centres and about 8,000 personnel will be involved in the process. The staff will be assigned their respective tables before the counting starts.

Each table will have a central government officer as an observer. After completion of each round of counting, the observers will randomly select two EVMs and recheck the votes. EC officials said that during the first half an hour counting of postal ballots would be taken up. Within 3-4 hours trends would be clear and the results would be out by 4 pm, they said.

The EC has developed special software which will help data to be fed from the counting centres to the official website of the EC.

Counting of votes for 21 seats of Ahmedabad including three of the district will be held at three centres- Govt. polytechnic college, Gujarat college and L D Engineering college. More than 2,500 employees would be engaged for the work. There would be micro observer and one observer on each table.

This time the historic voting percentage has left all the three major parties- BJP, Congress and GPP a little puzzled over the results. Though exit polls have predicted a landslide for Chief Minister Narendra Modi the BJP is not coming out confidently.

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