CEO announces counting rounds for Jharkhand parliamentary seats

#Postal ballots will be tabulated first, followed by the counting of EVM votes

Ranchi: Chief Election Officer K. Ravi Kumar has revealed the intricacies of the counting process for the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jharkhand, scheduled to commence at 8 am tomorrow.

Kumar disclosed that votes from 14 parliamentary constituencies will be tallied at 14 designated centers, with all necessary arrangements in place for the smooth conduct of the counting process.

The Chief Election Officer outlined the anticipated rounds of counting across various constituencies.

Notably, Chatra and Koderma are expected to witness the highest number of rounds, with 27 rounds each. Conversely, Khunti is projected to have the lowest count with 16 rounds. Other constituencies include Godda (26 rounds), Hazaribagh and Dhanbad (25 rounds each), Dumka and Singhbhum (24 rounds each), Rajmahal (23 rounds), Palamu (22 rounds), Jamshedpur (21 rounds), Ranchi and Lohardaga (20 rounds each), and Giridih (19 rounds).

For the counting of postal ballots, 465 tables have been arranged, while the tallying of EVM votes will take place across 1429 tables. Additionally, Kumar informed that the Gandey assembly by-election will undergo counting in 24 rounds.

Emphasizing the sequence of counting, Kumar stated that postal ballots will be tabulated first, followed by the counting of EVM votes. He issued a stern directive that agents entering the counting center must remain within the campus throughout the process, as leaving even once would result in forfeiting re-entry privileges.

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