With just a day left for the final decision on the new government, the Election Commission has set up a 24-hour EVM Control Room at Nirvachan Sadan to monitor complaints relating to polled EVMs. Complaints regarding EVMs during counting can be registered with the control room on 011-23052123.
Additionally, the EC has said that there are around 1,600 counting servers to monitor the counting of 22.3 lakh ballot units, 16.3 lakh control units and 17.3 lakh VVPATs. Moreover, reports suggest that there might be a delay in the final outcome. Trends are likely to trickle in from 8am tomorrow.
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5.55 PM: The Ministry of Home Affairs has alerted the state chief secretaries and DGPs (director generals of police) about the possibility of violence in different parts of the country on the counting day on Thursday. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry has asked states and the Union Territories to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility. The authorities have also been asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and the venues where the counting will be held.
3.48 PM: Catch authentic results of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 at voter helpline, the official mobile app of Election Commission of India.
The much-awaited day is here. Counting of votes starts from 8 AM tomorrow.May 22, 2019
2.50 PM: Security outside a counting centre in Pune ahead of counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 tomorrow.
2.35 PM: Don't be disappointed with propaganda of fake exit polls, Rahul Gandhi tells Congress workers.
कांग्रेस पार्टी के प्रिय कार्यकर्ताओं ,
अगले 24 घंटे महत्वपूर्ण हैं। सतर्क और चौकन्ना रहें। डरे नहीं। आप सत्य के लिए लड़ रहे हैं । फर्जी एग्जिट पोल के दुष्प्रचार से निराश न हो। खुद पर और कांग्रेस पार्टी पर विश्वास रखें, आपकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं जाएगी।
राहुल गांधी- Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 22, 2019
2.27 PM: Security outside a counting centre in AN College, Patna ahead of counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 tomorrow.
2.15 PM: Indian electorate create history by registering the highest voter turnout in the 17th General Election.
2.03 PM: Madhya Pradesh recorded it's highest ever voter turnout in Lok Sabha Elections 2019, which is almost 10 per cent higher than Lok Sabha elections 2014.
1:32pm: Election Commission rejects demands of Opposition parties' regarding VVPAT. More details awaited.
1:21pm: "It's a disservice to officers to say EVMs in their custody gets hacked," says Inspector Gneral of Police, D Roopa.
We r forgetting d fact tht elections are conducted by bureaucratic machinery. It's a disservice to officers to say EVMs in their custody gets hacked. Timeframe-prior,during,after polls till results,EVMs remain in officers custody. Can all officers all over country get compromised— D Roopa IPS (@D_Roopa_IPS) May 22, 2019
1:17pm: "Their failure and embarrassment on providing evidence against EVMs during the discussion was like 'Khoda Pahad Nikli Chuhiya' (much ado over nothing)," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. He added that since Opposition was unable to digest 'defeat of the dynasty', they want to discredit democracy.
1:14pm: All counting agents, polling agents and candidates to be frisked before entering the area.
Bhopal Collector S Khade: Three-tier security present at EVM Strong Room. All counting agents,polling agents & candidates to be frisked before entering the area. Movement of EVMs & counting to be done under police presence & CCTV surveillance. #MadhyaPradeshpic.twitter.com/hDMmDjoR7L— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019
1:11pm: Supreme Court gives BJP candidate from Barrackpore, West Bengal, Arjun Singh, protection from arrest for five days. A Bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice MR Shah grants protection to Singh from arrest in cases registered against him by the West Bengal police.
1:00pm: Here's how counting of votes takes place:
- The counting will begin on May 23 at 8 am.
- The Returning Officer and the Assistant Returning Officer will take the oath to maintain the secrecy of voting and read it out aloud before the commencement of counting.
- EVMs will be inspected in the presence of Returning Officers before counting.
- Contesting candidates along with their counting agents or election agents are allowed to be present at the counting centres.
- Counting agents oversee the counting of votes.
- Once postal ballot papers are counted, the EVM counting will begin, under the supervision of the Returning Officer.
- In case of destruction or loss of ballot papers at the time of counting, the Returning Officer will immediately report the matter to the Election Commission.
- Depending on the situation, the ECI may allow completion of counting or declare it void and order repolling.
- If the counting ends without any complain, the Returning Officer declares the result on completion of counting.
12:45pm: Security outside Shivadi counting centre ahead of counting of votes.
12:39pm: Ahead of counting of votes for Lok Sabha polls, UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma on Wednesday claimed that May 23 will witness the "political funeral" of the anti-BJP alliance of opposition parties. The month of May, he said, will prove to be a "sad month" for SP, BSP and Congress, which are fighting for their political survival.
"May 23 will witness the political funeral (rajnitik antim sanskar) of the anti-BJP 'gathbandhan' of SP, BSP, RLD and Congress. These parties will level allegations and counter-allegations against each other," Sharma told PTI. The deputy chief minister also claimed that in the 'gathbandhan', the SP is contesting elections to decimate the BSP and vice versa.
Taking a jibe at the 'gathbandhan', he said, "With mercury rising everyday, the temperature of the 'gathbandhan' is also rising as they can easily see defeat approaching. It is for this very reason that they are making preposterous remarks.'
He said, "Transfer of votes among gathbandhan partners could not take place. Akhilesh knew this very well and in order to make Mayawati happy said the BSP chief should be made the prime minister. When Akhilesh's party is contesting on 37 seats, how can he think of making someone the prime minister? It seems Akhilesh is showing 'Mungeri Lal ke haseen sapne' (day dreaming)," Sharma remarked.
12:30pm: Congress leader Udit Raj on his tweet: When 22 parties went to SC asking for increase in number of VVPAT slips being counted, SC rejected it saying it'll cause a delay. Election process continues for 3 months hampering development work, so what is the big deal if it takes 1-2 days more? I'm not levelling allegations on Supreme Court, I'm only raising concerns.
12:18pm: Seventy-eight constituencies will see a tough fight as the vote share margin is of less than 3 per cent.
12:11pm: Jaydutt Kshirsagar, NCP leader and former Maharashtra Minister, has resigned from MLA post. He will join Shiv Sena later today.
11:59am: The Election Commission meeting is underway to discuss the Opposition parties' demands on VVPAT machines.
11:50am: "This is a resounding pro incumbency vote," said Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
Why blame the EVMs.— Chowkidar Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 22, 2019
I have all along said that it is for the first time that a govt has gone to the people on a positive agenda. It asked for votes for what it has done for the people. This is a resounding pro incumbency vote. #ModiAgain#300Paar@BJYM@ABVPVoice@BJP4Indiapic.twitter.com/JCE04CV4Gt
11:40am: Counting of votes for the 21 Lok Sabha seats and 146 Assembly segments in Odisha will be held at 63 different centres across the state amidst tight security on Thursday, a senior election official has said.
Polling was held in 21 Lok Sabha seats and 146 Assembly segments in four different phases on April 11, 18, 23 and 29.
The counting of votes will start from 8 am on Thursday and will be conducted in around 2,500 tables, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Kumar said on Tuesday.
11:30am: A day before the counting of the votes polled in the Lok Sabha election, the Congress on Wednesday termed as "constitutional travesty" the EC's rejection of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa's demand that dissent notes should be recorded and alleged that the poll watchdog wanted to set a new precedent of "dark secrets" and "secluded chambers" in performing its duties.
"A Constitutional travesty! ECI wants to set a new precedent of 'dark secrets' & 'secluded chambers' in doing its constitutional duties. If CEC can't play fair in its functioning, can it play fair in ensuring a free & fair election?," Congress's chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala wrote on Twitter.
His comments came a day after the Election Commission (EC) decided not to record the dissents put forward by the members of the "full commission", overruling Lavasa.
11:15am: Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, will begin at 8.00 am Thursday and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time.
A total of 67.11 per cent of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the seven phase elections.This is the highest ever-voter turnout in Indian parliamentarian elections.
This is for the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results of voting machines will be matched with slips generated by paper trail machines.
The exercise will take place in five polling stations per assembly segment which effectively means that out of nearly 10.3 lakh polling stations, the EVM-VVPAT matching will take place in 20600 such stations.
11:05am: Rouse Avenue Court reserves order on a complaint seeking direction to police for registering an FIR against Congress President Rahul Gandhi under charges of sedition for accusing PM Modi of "hiding behind the blood of soldiers and doing dalali on their (soldiers') sacrifice".
10:45am: MP Udit Raj asks why does the Supreme Court not want VVPAT verification to be done, further asking what harm would come if it takes two-three more days after the elections were already conducted over a period of two months.
सप्रीम कोर्ट क्यों नहीं चाहता की VVPAT की सारी पर्चियों को गिना जाए क्या वो भी धाँधली में शामिल है।चुनावी प्रक्रिया में जब लगभग तीन महीने से सारे सरकारी काम मंद पड़ा हुआ है तो गिनती में दो- तीन दिन लग जाए तो क्या फ़र्क़ पड़ता है @priyankagandhi@INCDelhi@RahulGandhi@PTI_News— Dr. Udit Raj, MP (@Dr_Uditraj) May 22, 2019
10:40am: Polling underway at polling station number 200 in North Kolkata.
#WestBengal: Polling underway at polling station number 200 in North Kolkata parliamentary constituency. ECI had declared void the poll held on 19 May at the polling station. pic.twitter.com/w3C85wZ1eY— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019
10:30am: According to India Today-Axis My India exit poll, Congress is looking to increase its vote share to 30 per cent, while AAP is likely to crash with 17 per cent. BJP, on the other hand, is likely to maintain its 2014 vote share with 47 per cent. In 2014, BJP had got a similar vote share of 46.41 per cent while the Congress had garnered 15.1 per cent share and AAP had managed 32.9 per cent share.
10:14am: "To ensure free and fair poll, VVPats must be counted," said Kapil Sibal.
Controversy over EVM is not adversarial . It is not about Opposition versus NDA . It’s about integrity of electoral process .— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) May 22, 2019
Not Supreme Court
Not E C
are approaching the issue in this light
To ensure free and fair poll VVPats must be counted
10:11am: National Geographic has announced a documentary on Indian elections that will soon make its way to the small screen.
The documentary has been shot at 37 locations across the country. Several facets of the elections have been captured - from several booth level officers, political leaders to ground level party workers, from first-time voters to 100-year-old voters, said a statement from the channel.
10:09am: On being asked who will be the next Odisha CM, BJP's Jay Panda: I joined BJP after much soul searching. I'm happy to carry out whatever responsibility the party gives me. BJP has a lot of talent, whosoever takes which ever responsibility, we are going to cooperate with each other.
10:07am: With 167 votes, Mumbai North Lok Sabha seat saw highest turnout of transgenders. The count was below 10 in most constituencies. Bangalore North had the second highest turnout in "other" segment with 105 votes followed by 72 in Kalyan, 71 in Puducherry, 64 in Tiruchirapalli and 55 in Chennai Central, according to Voter Turnout app.
10:04am: BJP's Baijayant Jay Panda on being asked if BJD will support NDA: My party president has said that we are confident of getting more than 300 seats. We will form the govt with NDA allies. If other parties seeing the national mood want to also join in, I think, BJP will keep an open mind.
10:00am: Re-polling underway at booth No. 123 in Amritsar.
9:55am: Jaydutt Kshirsagar, NCP leader and former Maharashtra Minister, to join Shiv Sena today.
9:50am: BJP Kerala unit president PS Sreedharan Pillai: Kerala BJP has decided to sue and prosecute Finance Minister Thomas Isaac of CPM for a defamatory statement he made on May 6. I have claimed Rs 10 crore as compensation besides seeking criminal prosecution against Isaac.Thomas Isaac had reportedly alleged that Pillai is making use of his position as BJP state president to sabotage development in Kerala and had said that "Sreedharan Pillai, who tried to disrupt development of National Highway in Kerala should be treated as a public enemy of state"
9:45am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed concern over the "needless controversy" created by the Opposition over EVMs at a meeting of NDA leaders, even as the ruling alliance laid out its agenda for the next five years if it is elected to power again.
The prime minister expressed concern over the Opposition making "needless controversy" over electronic voting machines, the home minister said.
Earlier Tuesday, leaders of 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before the counting of the votes.