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Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Counting of votes to begin at 8 am today, postal ballots to be taken first

Prime Minister Narendra Modi eyes a record-equalling third straight term in power amid the I.N.D.I.A Opposition bloc's hope of springing a surprise as the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election is set for Tuesday, bringing an end to a marathon polling exercise.

Edited By: Anurag Roushan @Candid_Tilaiyan New Delhi Updated on: June 04, 2024 5:42 IST
Lok Sabha elections 2024 Counting of votes to begin tomorrow
Image Source : INDIA TV Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: The counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections will take place on Tuesday. The counting for all the seven phases will begin from 8 am, as per the Election Commission (EC). Addressing a press conference on Monday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar clarified that the count of postal ballots will start first across all counting centres and asserted that there was "no doubt about it". 

Responding to questions at a presser, he said after half-an-hour of the start of the postal ballot count, the counting of votes recorded in the electronic voting machines will commence. A delegation of the Opposition parties had on Sunday met the Commission to demand that postal ballot count should start first and the results of postal ballots should be announced first.

Postal ballots to be counted first

"Rules clearly state (Rule 54A) that postal ballot count will start first. On all centres in the country it will start first, no doubt about it. After half-an-hour we start the EVM count. So, there are three countings which are happening simultaneously -- it happened in the 2019 elections, it happened in all the assembly polls held thereafter. It happened yesterday also in case of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim assembly (vote count). We can't change anything mid course. Why can't we change, because it is compliant with the rules," the CEC added. 

Since 2019, VVPAT (paper-trail machine) slips from five randomly selected polling stations per assembly constituency (or segment in cases of Lok Sabha seats) are matched with the EVM count for greater transparency. Under Rule 54 A of the Conduct of Elections Rules 1961, the counting of postal ballot papers starts first at the Returning Officer's (RO) table. Only the Control Unit (CU) of the EVM used in the polling station is required for the counting of votes along with Form 17C. 

Lok Sabha Elections 2024

It should be mentioned here that General elections were held from 19 April to 1 June 2024 in seven phases, to elect all 543 members of the Lok Sabha. The votes will be counted and the results will be declared on Tuesday. The Election Commission said that the counting trends and results will be available on the ECI Website at results.eci.gov.in as well as on the Voter Helpline App. The exit polls predicted that the ruling BJP-led NDA is poised to improve its performance over its 2019 record when it won 352 seats. Two polls predicted the BJP also improving its numbers from the 303 seats it won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

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