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Counting in 23 rounds

The East Singhbhum district administration is expected to announce the name of the winner of Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat by 2pm on the day of counting for which tight security arrangements have been made at Jamshedpur Cooperative College, which is serving as the strongroom.

Although East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, also the returning officer for Jamshedpur constituency, refused to spell out the time when the results will be announced on May 16, citing Election Commission restrictions, he made it clear that lunch packets would be distributed only after the counting process got over.

This means that Jamshedpur residents will get to know who will be their new MP by afternoon.

Senior district officials said they had been asked to wrap up the counting process by 2pm so that the certificate could be handed over to the winning candidate soon thereafter and the mammoth team of 1,000 polling personnel could finish lunch on time.

“We will try to complete the counting process as soon as possible. There will be a total of 23 rounds after which results will be announced.

According to a directive of the Election Commission, we cannot give the timings of the results. But lunch packets will be distributed to the personnel only after the entire exercise is over,” said Kaushal.

Counting, which will begin at 8am, will span over 23 rounds and over five hours. The results will start pouring in by 8.30am.

Votes will be counted simultaneously for each of the six Assembly segments falling under the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat — Baharagora, Ghatshila, Potka, Jugsalai, Jamshedpur East and Jamshedpur West.

On security arrangements, Kaushal said Jamshedpur Cooperative College had been declared a “no-communication zone” and was under surveillance of 44 CCTV cameras.