Who will rule in Bihar? Will Lalu’s Raj rule or Nitish Kumar again? This will be known only on November 10. Tuesday morning, the results of all the 243 seats in the Bihar Assembly and the results of the Valmikinagar parliamentary by-election will begin to show from 9 am and the actual results from 3 pm. 55 counting centers have been set up by the Election Commission in all 38 districts of the state. The counting of votes will begin simultaneously at these centers from eight o’clock in the morning.
Results of Fatuha and Bakhtiyarpur will come first in Patna
Out of the 14 assembly constituencies of Patna, the results of the Fatuha assembly and Bakhtiyarpur assembly constituency will be declared first. The number of polling stations in these two assembly constituencies is less as compared to other assembly constituencies. There are 405 polling booths in Fatuha Assembly and 410 in Bakhtiyarpur Assembly. That is why results are likely to come soon in these two assembly constituencies. The Legislative Assembly of Digha, Kumharrar, and Bankipur will come late. Digha’s count will continue for a long time. The counting center has been made at the AN College for all the fourteen assembly constituencies of Patna district. The counting of each assembly will be done in two tents. At the same time, arrangements have been made for counting of votes of Patna Sahib Assembly Constituency at 4 places.
The counting of votes will begin at eight in the morning. Ballot papers cast from ballot paper will be counted first. The calculation will start from EVM at 8:15 am. Officials say that it will take 15 to 20 minutes to calculate one round from the EVM. That is why the first trend is likely to come by 8:30 am. About 600 employees have been cast in the counting of votes.
In view of the pandemic, social distancing is being followed. The staff involved in the counting of votes has been asked to reach the counting venue by 6 am on November 10 so that EVMs and ballots can be counted in time.
Here is the preparation:
According to the official sources of the Election Department, the Election Officer and Assistant Election Officer have been posted in all counting centers according to the instructions of the Commission. In addition to these, micro observers will also be deployed at each center. The counting of votes will be done on seven tables in one hall as per the instructions of the Election Commission. Also, counting of votes will be done at seven other tables in the adjacent hall. Earlier there used to be 14 tables in one hall, but due to Corona, 14 tables would be kept in two halls. Election officers will be posted in the main hall and assistant election officers will be posted in the second hall.
According to Bihar Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivas, due to a 40% increase in the number of EVMs, a booth was arranged for a maximum of one thousand voters according to the instructions of the Election Commission, due to the Assembly elections in the Corona era. In this way, the number of EVMs also increased with an increase in polling stations. A total of one lakh six thousand polling stations were set up in the state. Thus, due to an increase in the number of EVMs, the counting of votes will take slightly longer than before. According to sources, earlier, where the counting process was completed in 12 hours, it can now take 16 to 18 hours.
Two to three counting centers were created in large districts
In view of the availability of large districts and halls, two to three counting centers have been set up in some districts. According to the commission, three counting centers have been set up in East Champaran, Begusarai, Siwan and two each in Madhubani, Purnia, Darbhanga, Gopalganj, Bhagalpur, Banka, Nalanda and Nawada. One counting center each has been set up in the remaining districts. Counting will take place in 414 halls.
First, the ballot vote will be counted in the first two hours. Its trends will be revealed first. However, after the counting of EVM votes, there will be a possibility of considerable fluctuations in the trend. Earlier, where the results used to come till eight o’clock at night, this time it would be slightly delayed.