Bhopal, Feb 28: The counting of votes of the by-election to two seats in Kolaras and Mungaoli assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh will be held today, February 28. The counting of votes will start at 8 AM, an Election Commission official said on Tuesday. The official added that security has been stepped up at the two counting centres. Also Read - Coronavirus: 5 States Witness Spurt in Cases in 24 Hours, Maharashtra Extends Lockdown in 2 Districts | Key Points

Polling to the two assembly constituencies was held on February 24. Mungaoli and Kolaras recorded a voters’ turnover of 77.05 and 70.4 per cent, respectively. While the bypolls to two seats in Madhya Pradesh is being seen as a prestige battle for Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, it is considered a popularity test for Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre, States Discuss Fresh Spurt in Cases; Nationwide Lockdown on Cards Again?

The Election Commission also said that some clashes were reported in some of the areas during the polling. A total of 13 candidates are in the fray in Mungaoli assembly constituency or Vidhan Sabha seat and 22 in Kolaras. The bypolls to the two seats were conducted due to the death of Mungaoli MLA Mahendra Singh Kalukheda and Kolaras MLA Ram Singh Yadav. Also Read - Will Madhya Pradesh Announce Fresh Coronavirus Lockdown? Here’s What State Govt Warns

13 candidates including the Congress’ Brijendra Singh Yadav, BJP’s Bai Sahib are in the fray in Mungaoli while 22 candidates including Congress’ Mahendra Singh Yadav and BJP’s Devendra Jain are contesting in Kolaras.

With inputs from agencies.