Lok Sabha polls results in Odisha likely to be delayed due to Assembly votes counting: EC

The Lok Sabha Polls results in Odisha is likely to be delayed compared to other states because of the assembly polls counting in the state, a poll official said on Monday. Speaking to media, Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said that the results in the state are likely to delay because of the state polls and also because of the VVPAT verification.

The votes will be counted across the country on May 23.

CEO Surendra Kumar further said since Odisha held state polls simultaneously along with general elections 2019 so the voting would require more time than others states.

Further revealing the details about the counting, Chief Electoral Officer Kumar said ‘While the counting of Lok Sabha votes will be held in 14 tables across the country, in Odisha it will be 7 tables each for the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly’

He further said results will also be delayed because of the VVPTA Verification. The Supreme Court had had on April 8 directed the Election Commission to increase the number of VVPAT Verification in the assembly segment from one to five. Currently, the poll body verifies one VVPAT in one assembly segment of the Parliamentary Constituency.

The Odisha has a total of 147 State Assembly while having 21 Lok Sabha Seats. Polling in the state held across four phases from April 11 to April 23. The Counting of votes for the mega battle of ballots and the State Polls will take place on May 23, four days after last round of polling.

The Odisha ruling BJD currently have 117 MLAs in the state assembly while 20 MPs in the lower house of the party.

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