Bhubaneswar, July 24 (LocalWire): Counting of votes for Patkura assembly constituency has begun today at 8 am amid three-tier security ring at Kendrapara autonomous college, while the counting of the EVMs began at 8.30 am here.
A total of 18 counters has been set up for the counting of votes and as per the process, the EVM results will be matched with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips from five booths of the Assembly seat, Kendrapara district Collector Samarth Verma said.
The polling in Patkura Assembly seat was held on 20 July.
It was initially scheduled for 29 April, but was postponed due to the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20.
The ECI later fixed 19 May as the new date for the polls in Patkura. However, it had to be further postponed following the cyclone Fani that hit the coastal districts.
The constituency witnessed one of the most interesting battles in Odisha with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s bête noire, Bijoy Mohapatra of the BJP locking horns with the BJD nominee Sabitri Agarwalla, the wife of Late Bed Prakash Agarwal.
While the Congress has fielded Jayant Mohanty, BJP’s Mohapatra is contesting from the seat in his bid to make an entry into the state assembly almost after two decades and a long losing streak.
While nine other candidates were also in the fray, the contest was primarily between the BJD and BJP.
The rural constituency had witnessed high-voltage campaign trail with parties deploying galaxy of its star campaigners to woo the voters.