The counting of votes for the by-election Marwahi (ST) Assembly seat in Chhattisgarh, a bastion of former chief minister Ajit Jogi will be held on November 10 (Tuesday), the district electoral officer said.
The vote count will begin at 8 am at the Government Gurukul Vidyalaya, Gaurela, where security has been stepped up, a district electoral officer Doman Singh said.
The postal ballots will be taken up for counting first followed by votes cast in the EVMs, the official said.
After the completion of counting of votes polled in the electronic voting machines, matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs at any five polling booths will be carried out, he further said.
The by-election in Marwahi was necessitated due to the death of sitting Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) MLA and former CM Ajit Jogi in May this year.
The ruling Congress and main opposition BJP in the state are locked in a direct fight in Marwahi comes under the newly formed Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district.
Ahead of the Marwahi bypoll tookplace on Novbember 3, the nomination papers of JCC(J) leader Amit Jogi, the son of Ajit Jogi, and his wife Richa were rejected by the returning officer following their invalid caste certificates.
Eight candidates contested in the Marwahi by-poll, but the main fight is between Congress candidate Dr KK Dhruw and BJP candidate Dr Gambheer Singh.
The Marwahi (ST) seat recorded 77.89 per cent turnout during polling on November 3.
In 2018 Assembly poll in Marwahi, Ajit Jogi defeated BJP’s Archana Porte by a margin of 46,462 votes. He got 74,041 votes. Whereas the Congress stood third in 2018 Marwahi cosntituency assemby poll.
Congress has 69 seats, BJP-14, JCC(J)-four and BSP-two seats in the 90-member state Assembly,