New Delhi: Security has been tightened across the city as the national capital is getting ready for the counting of votes on Tuesday. People are anxiously waiting to know the result as their curiosity has already been heightened by the exit polls that have predicted a massive win for the ruling AAP. Ahead of the counting of votes, security personnel have been kept guard at strong rooms storing electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said that 21 centres have been set up in the city for the counting of votes that will begin from 8 AM.
“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,” Singh said.
Overall, Delhi polls witnessed 62.59 per cent voting, around 5 per cent less than the Assembly polls held in 2015. The highest voting of 71.6 per cent was reported from the Ballimaran Assembly constituency, while the lowest turnout was in Delhi cantonment, which reported 45.4 per cent voting.
In the run-up for the Delhi Assembly Election 2020, the ruling AAP sought to retain power on development agenda, while the main opposition BJP ran a campaign centred around issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.
Meanwhile, the fate of 672 candidates — 593 men and 79 women – has been sealed in the EVMs which will be opened at 8 AM when the counting of votes will begin in the national capital.
According to updates, the authorities in the Delhi CEO Office are getting ready up for the counting of votes and adequate arrangements have been made at the centres spread across 21 location in the national capital, spanning 11 districts.
As per updates from the Delhi CEO Office, the counting centres are located at CWG Sports Complex in East Delhi, NSIT Dwarka in West Delhi, Meerabai Institute of Technology and G B Pant Institute of Technology in Southeast Delhi, Sir CV Raman ITI, Dheerpur in Central Delhi, and Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Bawana in North Delhi, among other places. For the counting of votes, the Delhi CEO Office has deployed over 33 counting observers.
The single-phase election in the national capital was largely seen as a battle between the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP which went aggressive during the high-octane campaign.
For the smooth polling, over 13,780 polling booths were set up in the national capital. Critical and vulnerable polling locations numbered 545 and spanned 3,843 booths.
A day ahead of the polls, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh had said all EVMs have been tested and they are foolproof and non-tamperable.