Counting of votes for 117 assembly seats and the by-election to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat began across Punjab on Saturday amid tight security. The counting, which started at 8 a.m, is taking place at 54 centres in 27 locations. Early trends are likely to emerge within the first couple of hours. The counting started amid uncertainty amid the possibility of a hung house.
The fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women, will be known today. A total of 77.4 per cent of the 1.98 crore electors in Punjab voted on February 4.”Over 14,000 officials will be involved in counting,” Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V.K. Singh said.
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“Over 14,000 officials will be involved in counting,” Punjab Chief Electoral Officer V.K. Singh said.
The main contenders for powers are the Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A party needs 59 seats to gain a simple majority in the assembly.
The by-election to the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, vacated by Congress leader Amarinder Singh in November 2016, was also held with the assembly polls.