The Maharashtra Election Commission is all set for the big counting day on Friday with hundreds of government employees deployed for the job. The counting of votes which will start at 8am will be carried out assembly-segment wise. One Lok Sabha seat on an average has six assembly pocket.
"There are 14 tables a minimum for each assembly segment and is considered one round. Thus each LS round will bring you votes calculated from 84 EVMs or control units at once," said a senior election officer.
Sources in the EC said that due to more number of candidates contesting in this poll the results are likely to take longer to come out.
"This has resulted in increased number of EVMs in this poll. The number of EVMs (control units) used this election are 50% more than the ones used in 2009 elections. This may further delay the rounds," the officer added.
However, the counting this time is expected to be more systematic. "The second round of counting will not be started till the time the data of first round is compiled, verified and released by the returning in-charge. Thus this time the last result is expected only after 4 pm. Last elections the counting was over by 3 pm," he added.