The day has arrived on which the fate of candidates
will be decided. The vote counting will begin at 8 am in the four states: West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and
the Union Territory Puducherry.
It may be noted here that this is the second Assembly results declaration day amid the coronavirus pandemic. The vote counting will commence amid tight security and in compliance with the Covid safety protocol on Sunday morning.
Initially, the counting of postal ballots will start at 8 am and the votes polled in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be counted after half an hour. However, it would take a little time to reflect the trends after the counting begins.
Notably, it is the day when counting of votes will also be done for the by-polls of two Lok Sabha seats- one each in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and 14 assembly seats across 11 states.
Amid the Covid crisis, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has banned the victory processions and roadshows once a seat’s result is declared. A maximum of two people are allowed to come along with the winning candidate to collect the certificate of election from the Returning Officer.