Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 counting will get under way. Here are the timings, a lowdown on the vote counting process and where to check results.
The Election Commission of India (EC) will begin counting votes for the 17th Lok Sabha Election on May 23.
The final results are likely to be delayed this time by four to six hours because of the introduction of additional Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) counting.
The Lok Sabha elections were held in seven phases across the 542 parliamentary constituencies from April 11 to May 19. Approximately 60 crore voters have cast ballots across 10 lakh booths in 29 states and seven union territories.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners are hoping to retain power at the Centre. This is amid efforts by several Opposition parties, including Rahul Gandhi-led Congress, to put up a united fight. 'Others' or the 'third front' is also trying to wrest power.
The general election witnessed a mega campaign from key political players such as PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi, BJP chief Amit Shah, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati of the Mahagathbandhan and several other senior BJP and Opposition leaders.
The RO declares the result when he or she is certain that counting has been successfully completed.
In addition, the EC appoints its observers to oversee the process and ensure that it happens in a transparent manner.
Each candidate can appoint up to 16 counting agents from his/her party for each place of counting. The counting agent takes care of the interests of the party.
Moneycontrol will keep bringing you the latest updates from across all 542 constituencies. The live blogs will also inform readers about which candidate is leading or trailing in different constituencies.
There will be a counting widget showing the results tally on the Moneycontrol homepage and the Lok Sabha elections 2019 page.
In keeping with its push for digitalisation, the EC has designed an interactive website (results.eci.gov.in), complete with a countdown.
The website also allows viewers to check constituency-wise and party-wise results and trends.
Results and trends can also be checked on the Election Commissions's Android app Voter Helpline, which will provide candidate-wise, party-wise and constituency-wise updates.
One can also 'bookmark' a candidate to get real-time updates on his/her performance, as also the depiction of each party's vote share in graphical format.
Moreover, voters can also check the results of their constituency by scanning the barcode of their EPIC number through the app.
To know more, read how you can check Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 on the Election Commission website and app.
This time, however, results might be delayed by around five hours, according to the EC. This is due to an increase in the number of VVPAT verification to five random EVMs.
In April, the Supreme Court had ordered the EC to increase VVPAT slips from one EVM per Assembly constituency to five.
The postal ballots are counted only at the Returning Officer's table. The voters are provided with Cover A, which contains the ballot paper. The voters are also provided with Cover B, containing Form 13A.
On the counting day, Cover B is opened and attestation in Form 13 A is checked. If it has been properly attested and the number of PB written in 13 A, matches with the number written on Cover A, only then is Cover A opened and ballots counted.
It normally takes about half an hour for the PBs to be counted, after which counting for the EVMs can be started.
These members are elected directly by the citizens of India. The 29 states send 530 MPs to the Lok Sabha, while the seven Union Territories send 13 MPs.
However, it is important to note that there are a total of 545 members in the Lok Sabha, out of which 543 are elected and two are nominated by the President of India.
This time, polling happened only in 542 constituencies after the election in Vellore, Tamil Nadu was cancelled after a cash haul.
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