Counting of votes–cast on Saturday for crucial by-elections to Shivpuri’s Kolaras and Ashoknagar’s Mungaoli assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh–commenced at 0800 hrs today, amid tight security, official sources said.
Counting of votes is being taken up in the premises of the Government ITI College in Kolaras and Government Nehru Degree College in Ashoknagar.Twenty-three rounds of counting are to be conducted on 14 tables in Kolaras.
In Mungaoli, 19 rounds of counting would be conducted in 14 tables. For counting, each table have five employees including a counting supervisor, a counting assistant, a micro-observer and two other employees.
Initially, the counting of postal ballots would be taken up. A three-tier security system has been made available at the counting site. No entry would be allowed sans authorised letter. In addition to a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) company, local police force would be deployed for security purposes.
A total 70.46 per cent of a 2,44,457-strong electorate – including 91,730 women – peacefully exercised their franchise in Kolaras where 22 candidates are in the fray.The principal contest is between Devendra Jain (BJP) and Mahendra Singh Yadav (Congress) in Kolaras. The bypoll became inevitable, following the death of Mr Ram Singh Yadav (Cong).
A total 77.05 per cent of a 1,91,009-strong electorate – including 1,47,164 women – peacefully exercised their franchise in Mungaoli where 13 candidates are in the fray.
Baisaab Yadav (BJP) and Brajendra Singh Yadav (Cong) are locked in a direct combat in Mungaoli. The by-election was necessitated following the demise of Mr Mahendra Singh Kalukheda (Cong).