New Delhi/Lucknow/Bangalore/Mumbai/Kolkata, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

As the Election Commission geared up to hold the process of counting of votes on May 16, India held its breath for the outcome of the hectic month-long nine phase polling for the 16th Lok Sabha and four Assemblies.

Hectic power-broking parleys commenced in the BJP-led NDA, tipped by observers to come to power at the Centre. A picture of the mandate will be available by noon.

Assemblies of Telangana, Seemandhra, Odisha and Arunachal Pradesh will also deliver the verdict of the people.

Uttar Pradesh government issued strict orders banning victory processions to maintain law and order for next fortnight in view of the Lok Sabha results to be declared for 80 constituencies.

Fate of 1,288 candidates, including 125 women, would be decided in the counting of 1,91,421 Electronic Voting Machines(EVMs) in the state.

The entire counting process will be done under the strict monitoring of the Central observers and security of the Central forces.

There would be three tier security system at the counting centers and none would be allowed inside without valid passes.

Central Para-Military Forces(CPMF) would be deployed in the state till May 18 without any hindrance while the PAC would be deployed till further orders.

An alternative electricity arrangement have been made at the counting centers while an officer be deployed in every district to brief mediapersons about the counting process.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)