The Election Commission has completed the preparations for the counting of votes that will be held at 37 centres across Gujarat on Thursday. The process will be recorded. The counting will begin at 8 am with postal ballots being counted first. From 8.30 am onwards, votes cast on EVMs will be counted. However, an official release stated that there is one counting centre each in 30 districts, three counting centres have been set up in Ahmedabad, while two centres each have been set up in Surat and Anand.
For the counting process, 182 counting observers and an equal number of election officials will be posted. Every table in the counting centres will have a micro-observer, a counting supervisor and a counting assistant.
The Gujarat assembly elections were held in two phases on December 1 and 5. The elections observed a turnout of only 64.33 per cent, the lowest in the last 10 years. Of the 4.9 crore registered voters, only 3.16 crore voted.
Of the 182 seats for which counting is going to be held, the BJP contested all seats, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) contested 181 seats. The Congress contested 179 seats, while its alliance partner NCP contested two seats.
In the 2017 elections, the BJP with a vote share of 49 per cent had won 99 seats, while the Congress with a vote share of 41 per cent had won 77 seats.