Guwahati, May 22, 2019
The countdown has begun and all eyes are set on May 23rd, 2019 – the day when the votes of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be counted. The election would decide the fate of the candidates for the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha. The counting process is scheduled to take place from 8 am onwards on May 23rd, 2019.
The counting of votes will continue throughout the day. However, the results are likely to get delayed by five to six hours due to the introduction of additional VVPAT counting this year. The Lok Sabha Elections were held in seven phases across the 542 parliamentary constituencies from April 11th to May 19th, 2019. In Assam, the election was held in the first three phases.
Tidbits About Counting Of Votes
- The counting will take place at 8 am on May 23rd, 2019.
- The counting of votes will be done under the supervision of the Returning Officer (RO).
- Before counting, the RO along with the Assistant RO will take an oath to maintain the secrecy of voting. One hall can have not more than 14 counting tables but there are exceptions at times.
- First, the postal ballot papers will be counted followed by the EVM machines.
- Before counting the EVMs, they will be inspected in the presence of the RO.
- Each counting table has a paper knife to break open the seals on the EVM.
- A loudspeaker is also made available to announce the result. A blackboard is placed in the room for announcing the trends in counting to the media.
- No one is allowed to use a mobile phone inside the counting hall, except for the observer appointed by the Election Commission.
- The candidates along with their election agents have the right to be present at the counting centres.
- The RO should immediately report to the Election Commission of India (ECI) in case of loss of ballot papers during the time of counting.
- If the counting completes without any complaint, the result will be declared complete by the RO.
- Only the observer appointed by the Election Commission can carry a mobile phone. The venue is guarded by security personnel, however, they cannot enter the hall.
How to check results on phone
The ECI has undertaken a new initiative by designing a Mobile Application named Voter Helpline with a view of avid electoral engagement and making informed and ethical ballot decisions among citizens of the country. It allows users to keep up with real-time trends and results.
- It allows an electoral search.
- You can register complaints related to electoral services and track its disposal status.
- Has features for submission of online forms for New Voter Registration, shifting to a different the constituency, for Overseas Voters, Deletion or Objection in the electoral roll, correction of entries and Transposition within Assembly.
- You can have an FAQ on Voter, Elections, EVM and Result.
- You can find the Election Schedule in your area.
- Find all the candidates, their profile, Income Statement, assets, criminal cases.
- Find the Polling Officials and call them: BLO, ERO, DEO and CEO.
The 2019 elections attracted a turnout of over 67 per cent – the highest ever in the history of Indian general elections. In Assam, the voter turn out in the first phase of polling on April 11th, 2019 was 78.27 per cent, 81.20 per cent in the second phase on April 18 and 74.05 per cent was recorded in the third phase on April 23rd, 2019.