PUNE: After peaceful polling across all the 21 constituencies in Pune district, all eyes are now set for the counting of votes scheduled on Thursday.
Officials of the district administration on Wednesday said that all preparations are in place to ensure a transparent counting process and declaration of results of all constituencies. Officials said that the counting process for Vadgaonsheri, Shivajinagar, Kothrud, Khadakwasla, Parvati, Hadapsar, Kasba Peth and Pune Cantonment constituencies with 2,862 polling centres,will take place at Food Corporation Godown in Koregaon Park and counting for Pimpri, Chinchwad and Bhosari constituencies will take place at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi.
Officials said that about 5,500 officials will be deployed at 12 counting centres, of which one is in Pune city and one in Pimpri Chinchwad, while 10 other are in Pune rural areas. EVMs from all 7,915 polling centres are stored in strong rooms at 12 counting centres. Counting in Koregaon Park will take place at about 350 tables in 488 rounds of all eight constituencies and will start at 8 am. The results will be reflected at ‘results.eci.gov.in’ portal for people to access. Three officials will be deployed at each table while the counting process is on.
The votes of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) will be counted first and the area of counting and the strong room will be under observation by CCTV cameras. Officials said that the process of shifting the EVMs from strong room to counting centres will be recorded on CCTV cameras. Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi is all set for counting of votes of three assembly seat in Pimpri Chinchwad on Thursday, starting at 8 am.
After the polling on Monday, the electronic voting machines (EVMs) of Pimpri, Chinchwad and Bhosari constituencies were shifted to the sports complex amidst tight security by Tuesday.
The votes from each polling centre will be verified at random by five voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines. This was the same method employed during the counting of votes during the Lok Sabha poll held earlier this year. Chinchwad assembly seat has 491 polling centres and Bhosari has 411 polling centres. Pimpri reserved seat has 300 polling centres.
The results of all three constituencies are expected to be declared by Thursday afternoon.
All three constituencies are seeing keen electoral contests. The BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, which is attempting to retain its three seats, is pitted against two independents and an NCP candidate.
In Chinchwad, BJP sitting MLA Laxman Jagtap is locked in a fierce battle against Sena rebel Rahul Kalate. In Bhosari, sitting MLA Mahesh Landge’s candidature is being challenged by former MLA Vilas Lande.
In Pimpri, Sena’s sitting MLA Gautam Chabukswar is contesting against NCP’s Anna Bansode.
A strong police force and officials of state and CRPF will be deployed at the counting centre. Police officials have warned people of strong action against those creating ruckus outside counting centres.
A strong police force and officials of state and Central Reserve Police Force will be deployed at the counting centre.