The Lok Sabha Elections 2019 results will be announced today. Counting of votes across 542 constituencies of India will begin at 8 am. The first trends are expected to be out in the first couple of hours while a clear picture of who's winning may be out by this evening. While the exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties, it remains to be seen whether the poll pundits got their predictions on point. Both the BJP as well as the Congress are confident of their respective victories. Stay with us for Live updates on the counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 results. Lok Sabha Election Results 2019: How To Check Live Numbers And Winner Names Fastest On Mobile, TV News Channels And Official EC Website.
On Wednesday, the Election Commission of India (ECI) rejected the Opposition's request for counting the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips before Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The ECI said that the counting procedure will not be changed. The leaders of as many as 22 opposition parties had met the EC on Tuesday and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before the counting of the votes.
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“We told the EC that the VVPAT machines should be counted first and if there is any discrepancy, then all of them in that segment should be counted. During elections, there were many EVMs which malfunctioned and in many cases, when votes for one political party were cast, it showed votes for some other party, especially the BJP. These things we have told the EC. We, in the last three-four years, have been complaining about the EVMs in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and even in states,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said after the meeting. Catch complete coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 here.
Following EC's decision, volunteers of several Opposition parties began camping outside strongrooms were stationed there till counting of votes is completed.
Ahead of the results, hectic parleys have been on within political corridors. While Opposition leaders have come into a huddle with each other to chalk the way forward, BJP President Amit Shah hosted a dinner meeting for the party and its allies on Wednesday.
Voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 took place across India in seven phases. Voting for the first phase of polls took place on April 11 and the final phase polling was held on May 19. The results will be declared on Thursday, May 23.