New Delhi: The counting of votes for Punjab rural election 2018 (22 zila parishads and 150 panchayat samitis) will begin at 8 AM on Saturday. As per a report, elaborate arrangements have been made by Jalandhar administration at 11 counting centres set up across the district. Around 900 police personnel have been deployed at the counting centre to avoid untoward incidents, Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said. “To ensure transparency, the entire process of counting would be video-graphed ,” Sharma added. Also Read - Must Watch | After 'Kamal, Kamal', BJP Leader's Breathless 'Corona Corona' Chant Goes Viral
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. Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
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. Also Read - AAP MLA Raghav Chadha Claims UP CM Yogi Adityanath Getting Migrants 'Thrashed'; Cops Register FIR
On Tuesday, a day before polls the opposition parties had expressed the fear of “large-scale booth capturing” allegedly at the behest of Congress workers. They claimed that the ruling party wanted to win these polls “by hook or by crook”.
Thirty three candidates were earlier elected unopposed to various zila parishads and 369 nominees were declared elected unopposed to the panchayat samitis. A total of 1,27,87,395 registered voters, comprising 60,99,053 women and 97 third-gender voters exercised their franchise on Wednesday.