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BJP takes early lead; Congress close as counting of votes begins

Counting votes in elections to the 230-member Madhya Pradesh meeting started Sunday morning. A senior ballot official mentioned the counting course of started at 8 am and postal ballots will likely be counted for the primary half an hour.

Madhya Pradesh election which witnessed intense campaigning from outstanding leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) and the principal opposition Congress, could also be intently contested because the counting of votes began at 8 am right this moment. The Congress aspires to regain energy within the central state, capitalising on the perceived “anti-incumbency” towards the BJP, which has been in management since 2003, aside from 15 months from December 2018 to March 2020.

Polling within the single-phase elections on November 17 noticed a formidable turnout of 77.82 per cent, surpassing the 2018 voting proportion of 75.63 per cent, state Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan mentioned.

In final month’s elections, 77.15 per cent polling was recorded by means of the digital voting machines (EVMs) and the remaining by means of postal ballots, he mentioned. The ruling BJP, in energy within the state for many of the final 20 years, is dealing with a problem from the Congress. Most exit polls haven’t indicated a transparent winner. The state voters voted for two,533 candidates in 230 constituencies. There have been 5.59 lakh eligible voters.

The counting of votes for all meeting seats started at 8 am at 52 district headquarters amid tight safety. Altogether 692 tables have been positioned for the counting of postal ballots in all districts, whereas 4,369 tables have been set as much as place the EVMs, Rajan mentioned. Rajan mentioned postal ballots will likely be counted between 8 am and eight.30 am, after which the counting of votes by means of EVMs will start within the presence of officers and political events’ authorised brokers.

Quickly after the postal ballots are counted, its outcome will likely be declared candidate-wise by the officers involved and the train will likely be adopted after the completion of every spherical of counting, he mentioned.

At 26, Jhabua seat will see the very best variety of counting rounds, whereas the bottom variety of 12 rounds will likely be held in Sevda constituency in Datia district, he mentioned. The federal government has declared the day of counting a ‘dry’ day, throughout which all wine and liquor outlets shall stay closed. A 3-tier safety association is in place and solely folks holding legitimate passes will likely be allowed to enter the counting centres, he mentioned.

With inputs from PTI.

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