On December 23, 28 counting centers with 94 counting halls will be used to declare the results of the state elections held in 87 assembly segments of Jammu and Kashmir from November 25 to December 20.
According to the KNS, the counting shall start at 8 in the morning in presence of 5000 counting staff and 2000 counting agents. The tables on which the counting will be done are 700 in number and after every hour, the results of the assembly segments shall be declared.
The chief electoral officer Umang Narula said that for ensuring a transparent mechanism in voting, adequate arrangements have been put in place and during the counting process, no vehicle shall be allowed to get parked around the counting halls. He added that restrictions will be implemented around the counting and to control the activists of various party workers, additional deployment of police and paramilitary forces has been put in place.
Sources said that till 4 P.M, the results of all the 87 assembly segments shall be out. The results shall decide the fate of the chief minister Omar Abdullah, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and other 821 candidates who have contested from various assembly segments of Jammu and Kashmir.
At the beginning of the counting, postal votes shall be counted during the first half hour. At 8.30 P.M, the counting for other votes shall be held. For this purpose, at 28 counting centers, counting shall be held in presence of concerned Returning Officers, General Observers and Micro Observers.
The Chief Electoral Officer Umang Narula said that the videos of the counting shall be captured and after every hour of the counting process, the results shall be put to fore. He added that the facilities of computer and broadband internet services shall be made available to counting staff.
For the eight assembly segments of Srinagar, the counting shall be held at SKICC. The counting process shall start at 8 in the morning and there will be 8 separate halls meant for the counting of 8 assembly constituencies of Srinagar city.
The spokesman of the district administration said that there will be no restrictions imposed in any area of the Srinagar on Tuesday. The main candidates who are in the in Srinagar include the chief minister Omar Abdullah, Ali Mohammad Sagar, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Syed Altaf Bukhari, Nasir Aslam Wani, Zafar Meraj, Shameema Firdous, Moti Koul, Asiya Naqash, Abid Ansari and several others.
It has been further learnt that for Bramaulla’s 17 segments, counting shall be held at three different places. The district administration informed that the counting for Uri, Baramulla and Sangrama shall be held at Degree College Baramulla. For Gulmarg and Pattan, counting shall be held at ITI Pattan. At ITI Kupwara, the counting shall be held Kupwara, Karnah and Lolab. At DC office Bandipora, the counting shall be held for Bandipora, Sonawari and Gurez. At ITI Handwara, counting will be conducted for the assembly seats of Handwara and Langate.
At Degree College, Kulgam, counting for 4 segments including Kulgam, Devsar, NoorAbad and Homshalibugh shall be held.
Also reports informed that the district authorities Ganderbal have imposed section 144 in Ganderbal, Lar and Kangan areas wherein counting for Ganderbal and Kangan shall be held at Physical college Ganderbal.