(PTI Photo)
(PTI Photo)

While everyone is eagerly waiting for the Lok Sabha election result, people from Thane will have to wait a bit longer for the results. The counting of votes in Thane Lok Sabha constituency will be conducted on Thursday, May 23, in thirty-three rounds, but the Thane election office has said that the results might be delayed and will be announced by midnight.

According to the Hindustan Times, the Thane election office informed that the counting will begin at 8 am at the New Horizon Scholar’s School in Kavesar and will be over in 12 hours. The declaration of results will take time as the counting of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will also be undertaken.

“There are six Assembly constituencies. Each constituency will have 14 counting tables. We will complete counting by 8 pm, although we will have to consolidate numbers, which will take more than a few hours. Five VVPAT machines from each constituency will be counted, thus we will have to count 30 VVPATs. These slips are to be counted manually, thus there are chances of some human error,” Anil Pawar, returning officer told the Hindustan Times.

Polling in Thane was conducted on April 29, which witnessed a voter turnout of 49.25 %, with 11.46 lakh voters casting their votes through EVM, 3,223 through postal ballots and 232 who voted through Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETPB).