The counting of votes for the recently held civic body polls in six municipal corporations of the state will begin on Tuesday.
The State Election Commission (SEC) has announced guidelines for the counting of votes which will be held amid a surge in COVID cases in the state.
In Ahmedabad, counting stations have been put up at Gujarat College, LD Engineering College, and Gujarati University. Security has been intensified to ensure that the counting of votes is a peaceful affair.
In Rajkot counting will take place in six places including Virbai Women’s College, SS Chaudhary High School, SV Virani High School, PD Malaviya College, and Ranchoddas Community hall.
In Surat, the fate of 484 candidates will be revealed during counting at two places.
Jamnagar has 236 candidates in the fray and votes that were polled have been secured in four strongrooms. The counting will take place at Hariya College.
COVID guidelines for counting of votes for polls
- Only seven tables will be placed in each counting room.
- Mask is mandatory for everyone involved in the counting of votes.
- The counting-room will be sanitized and staff will be checked with thermal guns before allowing entry.
- Agents of political parties who are found to be infected can nominate someone else as an agent.
Social distancing will be maintained.
SC verdict on counting of votes
Clearing the way for the declaration of results of the elections for the six municipal corporations in Gujarat, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition seeking counting of votes on the same date for two different phases of Gujarat civic polls.
Following the apex court’s verdict, the counting of votes for two different phases of the civic polls will be carried out on two different dates—February 23 for six municipal corporations and March 2 for 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats.
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