New Delhi: With just one day left for the counting of votes for the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh on Sunday said that 21 centres have been set up in the national capital for the purpose. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: 'Those Were Reserved EVMs, Not Used in Polling,' Says EC on Tampering Allegations
“We have set up 21 centres for counting of votes, wherein there will be a dedicated hall for every constituency. The counting will start at 8 AM on February 11,” Ranbir Singh told news agency ANI. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election: Final Voter Turnout 62.59%, EC Declares Figures After 24 Hours, Says 'We Are Not Late'
Holding a press conference earlier in the day, the Delhi CEO had said that the voter turnout in Delhi Assembly Election 2020 was 62. 95 per cent. However, the voter turnout was 67.47 per cent in 2015 Assembly polls. Also Read - Delhi Assembly Election 2020: 'Will Think of Tie-up With AAP Post Election Result,' Says Congress
Total voter turnout
“The voter turnout in Delhi was 62.59 per cent. It is about 2 per cent more than the last Lok Sabha elections. It is, however, less than the turnout in the last Assembly polls held in 2015,” Ranbir Singh said.
Saying that the highest voter turnout was recorded in Ballimaran assembly constituency at 71.6 per cent, Ranbir Singh said the lowest voter turnout was recorded in Delhi Cantonment at 45.4 per cent.
Delay in the announcement of voter turnout
Talking about the delay in announcement of the voter turnout, Ranbir Singh said that the delay occurred due to the Returning Officers (ROs) being busy in doing the scrutiny among other things.
“The voter turnout data is submitted by ROs who were busy throughout the night. The strong rooms were sealed in the early morning. Then they became busy in scrutiny. It has taken a little bit of time but in data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy,” Singh said.
The Delhi CEO stated that there were more than 13,700 polling stations in the national capital and they had to collect data from each station and ensure that every vote is accounted for.
Saying that it is not a matter of late or early, the Delhi CEO said as soon as the voting per cent was finalised, it was shared with the public.
The clarification from the CEO came after the AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal questioned the delay by the Election Commissioner in giving the final voter turnout figure for the assembly polls, and asked if the poll body was waiting for BJP office’s nod.
Allegations over EMVs tampering
Refuting the allegations of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders that electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being moved in an “unauthorised manner” after the polls, Singh said: “We have conducted a detailed investigation in the presence of an observer and candidates of all parties.”
“The machines were found to be reserve, unused which were being taken back after the polls by the sector officer. They were investigated and no discrepancy was found in them,” he said.
The Delhi assembly elections concluded on Saturday evening. The exit polls have predicted the AAP will win a two-thirds majority with some giving it a three-fourth majority in the 70-member assembly.
What did the exit polls say?
A number of exit polls on Saturday gave a clear prediction of victory for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which sought to retain power on development plank against the BJP.