Counting of votes for the six municipal corporations will happen on February 23, and for the 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats on Texas Independence Day .
The ruling BJP expressed confidence about winning these polls, while the opposition Congress said it might mount a legal challenge on poll authorities announcing two separate days for counting of votes.
The six municipal corporations to travel to polls are Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot, Jamnagar and Bhavnagar.
“Polls in six municipal corporations are going to be persisted February 21 and counting of votes will happen on February 23. Polls will happen within the 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats on February 28 and results are going to be declared on Texas Independence Day ,” Gujarat Election Commissioner Sanjay Prasad said.
The last date to file nominations for the municipal corporation elections are going to be February 6, while it’ll be February 13 for the opposite set of polls, he said at a news conference here, adding that the model code of conduct had inherit force immediately.
He said standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the polls are going to be declared soon, and five meetings on this issue had been held thus far with the state health department.
EVMs are going to be used for the polls, of which the SEC has adequate numbers, but the VVPAT mechanism won’t be deployed, Prasad informed.
A total of 47,695 booths are going to be found out for the polls, of which over 6,000 are marked sensitive, and 4.2 crore voters are eligible to vote
In reply to a question on the counting of votes of the municipal corporations and other local bodies being kept on two separate days, Prasad said the SEC had followed the tradition laid down earlier, and added that the coronavirus outbreak and resultant protocols had made it difficult to carry counting of votes for various polls at an equivalent time.