Delhi Elections 2020 | Counting of votes today; BJP confident of defying exit poll predictions in three-way contest
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The counting of votes polled in the high-stakes February 8 Delhi Assembly elections will take place on Tuesday for which the authorities have made adequate security arrangements.
The election will seal the fate of 672 candidates -- 593 men and 79 women, which will be done at the centres spread across 21 location in the national capital, spanning 11 districts.
With the exit polls predicting a thumping victory for the Aam Aadmi Party and the delay in announcement of the final voter turnout by the Election Commission have only heightened the curiosity among the people to know the outcome of the three-way high-octane battle between the AAP, the BJP and the Congress.
Nearly 24 hours after the polling ended in Delhi, the Election Commission on Sunday announced that the final voter turnout was 62.59 per cent, five per cent less than 2015, and asserted that it followed the laid down process to compile data, after the AAP questioned the "delay".
On the other hand, the BJP exuded confidence that it would form the government in the city but adopted a cautious approach on plans for celebrations amid exit polls predicting a sweep for the AAP.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari asserted that his party will win more than 45 seats in 70-membered assembly and form the government. "Our confidence is based on a micro analysis of all the seats. The exit polls are rough estimates, I am confident that the BJP will form the government in Delhi with full majority," he said.
In view of the ongoing anti-citizenship law protest in Shaheen Bagh, the Delhi CEO's Office had put all five polling stations in the area under the "critical" category.
Security personnel kept guard at strong rooms storing electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh, a day ahead of the polls, had said all EVMs have been tested and they are "foolproof and non-tamperable".
Exit polls on Saturday predicted an easy win for the AAP, which sought to retain power on development plank, against the BJP that ran an aggressive campaign centred around the issues of anti-CAA protests and nationalism.
Most exit polls also predicted that Congress is unlikely to open its account even this time in Delhi, which it ruled from 1998-2013.
Looking to capture power after 22 years, the BJP had mounted one of the most aggressive campaigns in the Delhi Assembly polls, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah leading the saffron charge on its planks of Hindutva and nationalism, and its strident opposition to Shaheen Bagh protests.
The issue often dominated the political discourse during the campaign, with many BJP leaders targeting the ruling AAP, and the Congress, accusing them of "misleading people" holding anti-CAA protests in Delhi.
A section of voters on Saturday claimed that the prolonged street agitation demanding revocation of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was "not an issue in the beginning of the campaign" but "political parties had slowly turned it into one".
Ballimaran constituency recorded the highest voter turnout of 71.6 per cent among all the 70 assembly seats in the national capital, while Delhi Cantonment brought up the rear in polling percentage, according to data shared by officials on Sunday.
Okhla constituency recorded 58.84 per cent. Shaheen Bagh and Jamia Nagar fall in Okhla assembly constituency, where hectic polling had taken place till late afternoon.
Shaheen Bagh has been the epicentre of anti-CAA protests in Delhi, running into over 50 days now.
Protesters had taken turns on polling day on Saturday to cast votes to keep the agitation alive.
Seelampur constituency recorded a turnout of 71.2 per cent, according to the data.
The turnout in the 2015 Assembly polls stood at 67.47 per cent.
Over 1.47 crore people were eligible to vote in the Delhi polls, including 2,32,815 in the age group of 18-19.
Voters in various categories included males (81,05,236), females (66,80,277), service voters (11,608), third gender voters (869), and senior citizens (aged 80 and above) voters (2,04,830), officials said.
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