Tight security in place for counting in UP: CEO

Tight security arrangements will be in place for counting of votes at 76 counting centres in Uttar Pradesh on Friday where 1,288 candidates, including Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi, have contested for the 80 Lok Sabha seats.

PTI| Updated: May 15, 2014, 21:34 PM IST

Lucknow: Tight security arrangements will be in place for counting of votes at 76 counting centres in Uttar Pradesh on Friday where 1,288 candidates, including Narendra Modi and Sonia Gandhi, have contested for the 80 Lok Sabha seats.

"For counting in 80 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over 75 districts, total 76 counting centres have been made of which two are in Amethi," state Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told reporters here today.

He said that out of 80 constituencies, counting of 37 constituencies will be held in two districts while counting of three constituencies will be done in three districts and counting of rest of the constituencies will be held in one district.

Sinha said that 112 observers have been appointed to keep an eye on counting process while 10 special poll observers have been appointed for Jhansi, Kheri, Kairana, Bijnor, Farukhabad, Azamgarh, Kannauj, Firozabad and Fatehpur Sikri constituencies.

Tight security will be in place for counting and entry of vehicles have been banned inside 100 meter area of the counting centres, he said.

Prominent candidates of different parties whose fate will be decided in the counting tomorrow, included Narendra Modi (Varanasi), Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli), Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), Mulayam Singh Yadav (Azamgarh and Mainpuri), Rajnath Singh (Lucknow) and Murli Manohar Joshi (Kanpur).

Besides them performance of former Chief ministers Arvind Kejriwal (Varanasi) and Uma Bharti (Jhansi), BJP leaders Maneka gandhi (Pilibhit) and her son Varun Gandhi (Sultanpur), Union Minister Salman Khurshid (Farukhabad), Beni Prasad verma (Gonda), Pradeep Jain Aditya (Jhansi), Ajit Singh (Baghpat), RPN Singh (Kushinagar) and Sriprakash Jaiswal (Kanpur) in elections would also be keenly watched by obsevers.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwar Lal, who held a video conference today with all district election officers and police officials, said all arrangements have been made for the counting of votes.

He said counting of votes would begin at 8 AM tomorrow and the total number of counting centres are 168 at 78 locations.

The CEO said 598 candidates have contested for parliamentary constituencies and 3,910 nominees for assembly segments.

The total number of polling stations were 71,227. The total number of electors were 6.49 crores, of which 4.82 crores have exercised their franchise in elections held in two phases on April 30 (in Telangana) and May seven (in Seemandhra).

He said a maximum of 45 rounds of counting would be held in Malajgiri parliamentary constituency in Hyderabad, which has about 30 lakh voters, and a minimum of 18 rounds in Anakapalle Lok Sabha seat in Coastal Andhra.

In assembly constituencies, it would take a maximum of 45 rounds in Kukatpalle assembly seat and a minimum of 13 rounds in Charminar assembly segment, both in Hyderabad.

The total number of counting personnel is around 25,000 and the number of security personnel deployed for the exercise is around 75,000.