Counting for 147 assembly seats in Odisha has begun at 8 AM. Election trends have started pouring in and the final picture will be clear in a few hours from now, which will reveal the early winners and trailing candidates. 1,137 candidates are in the fray from 147 assembly seats in Odisha. This time, following the Supreme Court's order, the Election Commission will tally the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with five EVMs per assembly segment, which can delay the counting process for over 5 hours or more.
Most of the exit polls have indicated a fifth consecutive term for Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha. In the Assembly election, Naveen Patnaik's party is ahead as per the exit polls forecast.
Here are the latest trends of the Assembly election result from Odisha:
# Assembly election results 2019: BJD leading on 94 seats, BJP 28 seats, Congress 12 seats, CPI-M 1 seat, JMM 1 seat and Independent on 1 seat.
# Assembly election results 2019: Twenty platoons of police forces have been deployed to ensure smooth counting of votes and violence-free celebrations after the declaration of results in Odisha, says twin city Police Commissioner Satyajit Mohanty.
# Assembly election results 2019: More police forces deployed to ensure smooth counting of votes in Odisha.
# Assembly election results 2019: According to ECI trends, BJD is leading on 54, BJP on 16, INC 6 seats.
# Assembly election results 2019: Biju Janata Dal led by Naveen Patnaik is leading on 16 seats, BJP on 5 seats out of 146 assembly constituencies in the state.
# Assembly election results 2019: Trends available for 6 out of 146 constituencies: BJP leading on 2 seats, BJD on 7, as per ECI.