The counting of ballots cast in the Gujarat Assembly elections started on Thursday across 37 centers amid tight security. For the first half an hour, ballot paper votes will be counted. The counting of EVM votes will begin at 8.30 a.m. Candidates with their supporters and counting agents have reached the stations.
Chief Electoral Officer P. Bharathi said a total of 3,16,06,968 votes will be counted. There are 3 centers, Surat (2), and Anand (2), and in the rest of the districts, counting will take place in one center each.
She added that there are 182 counting observers, 182 election officers, 494 assistant elections officers, 78 additional elections officers, and 71 additional election officers Electronically Transmitted Postal ballot system. All counting centers are equipped with CCTV cameras.
Out of a total 4,91,35,400 eligible voters, 64.33 percent cast their ballots, of which 1,69,26,152 were men and 1,46,80,371 were women.
In the 2017 general elections, 2,94,64,326 votes were polled, with a voter turnout of 68.39 percent, of which BJP polled 1,47,24,031, 49.05 percent votes, and 99 seats, whereas Congress polled 1,24,37,661 votes, 41.44 percent, and 77 seats.