Results may be delayed in Gujarat by 3-4 hrs due to VVPAT counting
Election authorities said Wednesday that declaration of results of 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat may get delayed by around 3 to 4 hours due to counting of voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips.
VVPAT slips of five randomly selected Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be counted in every Assembly segment after EVM votes are counted, said the state's Chief Electoral Officer S Murali Krishna.
Each of the 26 Lok Sabha seats has six to seven assembly segments.
Former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora says EVMs cannot be tampered with
Former Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora told ANI, " EVMs can't be tampered with. EVM security protocol is so strict whenever a strong room has to be opened, representatives of all political parties have to be there, machines are taken out in their presence, mock poll is also conducted.
In fact when making EVM ready for the polling, a mock poll is again conducted at polling station where all the polling agents are asked to vote & then count, so all these arrangements ensure that EVMs can't be tampered with.
States/UTs were further asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes. This is in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of counting of votes. https://t.co/1A8T5cCgoO— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019
A look at total number of candidates fielded by national parties such as BJP, Congress, BSP, TMC and others.
कांग्रेस पार्टी के प्रिय कार्यकर्ताओं ,— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 22, 2019
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।
NEWS18 alert: As per the opposition’s demand, EVM counting may begin post noon or evening. Opposition has demanded counting of 5 VVPATs of polling booth to be matched with EVM before the counting of votes. If opposition demands are accepted, then the trends cannot be expected before evening and might take 2-3 day for the full results to be declared: EC source
BREAKING: Election Commission refuses any change in counting process as demanded by the opposition, News18 reports.
Congress leader Udit Raj to News18: Is the Supreme Court working under somebody's influence? They have given logistical reasons for not counting all VVPATs. If there is a delay of 2-3 days in counting, what is the harm? We know the EC is faulty. Supreme Court has got no reasoning. It gives judgement on its will.
Sharad Pawar speaks to Jagan Mohan Reddy, KCR and Patnaik: Report
Sharad Pawar has reached out to YSRCP's YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, TRS's K Chandrashekar Rao and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, according to a report by NDTV.
The former union minister and NCP chief has reportedly made phone calls to KCR and Patnaik for support in case the Opposition gets an opportunity to form the government. Pawar is believed to have been assured support by Patnaik and KCR if the UPA has the numbers to form a stable government with their support.
NCP leader and former Maharashtra minister Jaydutt Kshirsagar is expected to join Shiv Sena today, News18 has reported.
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
Sensex, Nifty open flat ahead of counting day
Benchmark indices opened flat to positive on May 22 ahead of Lok Sabha Election 2019 counting on May 23.
At 09.16 hrs IST, the Sensex is down 14.55 points at 38,955.25, while Nifty is down 23.10 points at 11,686. About 368 shares have advanced, 237 shares declined, and 38 shares are unchanged.
At NDA meet, PM Modi expresses concern over 'needless controversy' over EVMs
PM Modi yesterday 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.
Earlier yesterday, leaders of 22 Opposition parties met the EC and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before the counting of the votes. The opposition representation to the EC came barely two days before the counting of votes and after exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA is likely to return to power.
Union Minister and BJP leader Rajnath Singh: Today, 36 NDA allies were present at the NDA leaders dinner today. 3 NDA allies who were not present today have given their support in writing.
I congratulate Team Modi Sarkar for their hard work and remarkable achievements in the last 5 years.— Chowkidar Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 21, 2019
Let us keep this momentum going for a New India under the leadership of PM @narendramodi.
Sharing pictures of Aabhar Milan of Union Council of Ministers at BJP HQ, New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/X2sgvJjJ5c
Upendra Kushwaha, RLSP in Patna: Vote ki raksha ke liye zaroorat pade toh hathiyaar bhi uthana ho toh uthaiye. Aaj jo result loot ki jo ghatna karne ki jo koshish ho rahi hai toh isko rokne ke liye hathiyaar bhi uthana ho toh uthana chahiye. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/g29bsWGyre— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2019