UP: Counting for two LS, three Assy seats on Apr 16

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Lucknow, Apr 15: Counting of votes for two Lok Sabha and three assembly seats, where by-elections were held on April 12, would be taken up tomorrow morning from 0800 hrs.

By-elections were held for Khalilabad and Azamagarh Lok Sabha seats and three assembly seats of Colonelganj (Gonda), Muradnagar (Ghaziabad) and Bilgram (Hardoi) where about 45 per cent of voters exercised their franchise during an incident free polling.

The results of the by-elections would certainly have an impact on the political scenario of the state before the coming Lok Sabha polls with ruling BSP, SP, BJP and Congress had infused all their strength to woo the electorate.

Election office sources here today said all arrangements for peaceful conduct of the counting process have been done and three observers each for the two LS seat and two observers each for the three assembly seats have been deployed to monitor the process.

''In each counting table, one employee of the central government would be ensured through random selection,'' sources said.

The trends are likely to come within one hour of the start of the counting while the results are expected late in the afternoon.

The counting of votes for Khalilabad Lok Sabha seat would take place at Basti and Sant Kabirnagar district headquarters.

Votes of Haizar bazaar, Mehdaval and Khesraha assembly segments would be counted at Sant Kabirnagar, while votes of Ramnagar assembly segement at Basti.

Khalilabad constituency area falls under Sant Kabirnagar, Basti and Siddharthnagar districts.

The bypoll to two parliamentary constituencies was necessitated after Ramakant Yadav, sitting MP from Azamgarh, and Bhalchand, the sitting MP from Khalilabad were disqualified under 10th Schedule of the Constitution.

By-elections for Colonelganj and Muradnagar assembly seats was necessiated following the resignation of Congress and Independent MLAs holding the seats, while in Bilgram assembly constituency, the bypoll took place after death of BSP member Upendra Tiwari.

UNI

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