New Delhi: The result of Punjab rural election 2018 is set to be declared today. The counting of votes for 22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis will begin at 8 AM. Elaborate arrangements have been made by administration to ensure fair process. In Jalandhar 11 counting centres have been set up across the district, while in Kapurthala, Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur, four, five and 10 counting centres have been set up respectively. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
“Around 900 personnel have been deployed in the counting centres. To ensure transparency, the entire process of counting would be video-graphed ,”Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
“On each table, three officials have been deployed for completing this task efficaciously. The entire process of counting will be videographed for ensuring transparency in the process. The counting of votes will start at 8 am in the presence of the officers, candidates of the political parties and their representatives,” Indian Express quoted Sharma as saying. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
Polling to the zila parishads and panchayat samitis held on September 19 amid tight security arrangements. The voting started at 8 AM and continued till 4 PM in the evening.
With the Congress being touted as the favourite to win the zila parishads and panchayat samitis after a gap of 10 years, the main contest will remain between the ruling party and the SAD-BJP alliance. While the ruling Congress is confident of a “clean sweep” in the local body polls, both the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition and the Aam Aadmi Party are also optimistic about their victory.