Legislative Council polls: Counting of votes today

Legislative Council polls: Counting of votes today

Legislative Council polls: Counting of votes todayIt will begin at 8 a.m. at Maharani’s Women’s Commerce and Management College

The counting of votes for the recently held biennial election to the State Legislative Council from South Teachers’, South West Teachers’ and South West Graduates’ constituency will begin at 8 a.m. at Maharani’s Women’s Commerce and Management College on Valmiki Road in Mysuru on Tuesday.

During the elections held on June 8, as many as 16,707 voters of the total 20,677, accounting for 80.8% of the electorate, exercised their franchise from the South Teachers’ constituency, while 16,477 voters of the total 20,481 in South West Teachers’ constituency exercised their franchise.

Similarly, in South West Graduates’ constituency, a total of 47,124 voters out of 67,306 voters, accounting for 70.01% exercised their franchise.

Counting staff

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Hemalatha P., Regional Commissioner, Mysuru, who is also the Election Officer, said a total of 435 personnel including 35 officers, 145 counting supervisors and assistants, and 60 supporting counting staff will be deployed for the counting.

Tight police security will be provided at counting centre to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. Entry to the centre is allowed only to persons authorised by the Election Commission.

A total of 14 counting tables have been arranged for counting of votes in each constituency, she added.

The process

Polling officials had provided voters ballot papers to exercise their franchise against the names of candidates in order of their preference viz 1, 2, 3 etc.

The papers will be removed from the boxes and made into bundles of 25 each without scrutinising the contents. “After mixing all these bundles of ballot papers, 500 ballot papers will be distributed to the counting table for separating valid and invalid votes and for distribution of first preference votes to candidates,” she said.

A candidate, who secures 50% per cent of the valid first preference votes plus one will be declared the winner in the counting of first preference votes.

The counting of the second and third preference votes will be taken up after counting of the first preference votes. The officials did not rule out the possibility of the counting process extending till late on Tuesday or early hours of Wednesday.

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