UP Election Results 2017: Vote count begins for 403 seats

Drone cameras are being used for surveillance near a counting centre in Lucknow. A total of 4,853 candidates contested the staggered election

The counting of votes began for 403 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh at 8 a.m. on Saturday amid tight security. Drone cameras are being used for surveillance near the counting centre in Lucknow. A total of 4,853 candidates contested the staggered election.

Chief Electoral Officer T. Venkatesh said postal ballots would be counted first and then the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be taken up.

The maximum number of 403 candidates were fielded by the Bahujan Samaj Party followed by Bharatiya Janata Party (384), Samajwadi Party (311) and the Congress (114). A total of 1,462 independents were in the fray.

The Samajwadi Party leader, Shivpal Yadav said, “Counting shuru ho gayi hai, humari badi jeet hogi.”

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