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Chhattisgarh all set for counting amid tight security

Chhattisgarh all set for counting amid tight security

Raipur, May 22 (UNI) Counting of votes for all 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh will begin at 0800 hrs at 27 centres in the state on Thursday amid tight security, State Chief Electoral Officer said here on Wednesday.

CEO Subrat Sahoo told media that as many as 5,184 counting staff and 1,500 micro observers have been put on duty for counting of votes.

The postal ballots would be counted first followed by the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Mr Sahoo also informed that 21 tables placed for counting in eight assembly constituencies i e Pandaria, Kawardha, Raigarh, Sarangarh, Kharsia, Bilaigarh and Kasdol would be surrounded by iron nets.

Referring to the security of counting centres, the Chief Electoral Officer said that three-layer security has been arranged in every counting centre.

Voting in the state were held in three phases on April 11, followed by April 18 and 23.

Naxal-hit Bastar (ST) constituency was the only seat that went to polls on April 11. Maoists tried to hinder the polling process through IED blast in Narayanpur district, which comes under Bastar constituency but no injury or casualty could take place due to special security measures with the deployment of 80,000 security personnel.

In 2014 Lok Sabha Polls BJP had won 10 out of 11 seats in the state.

The saffron party, which had a neck-fight competition with Congress, has claimed to repeat its 2014 victory on Thursday

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