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New Delhi: The counting of votes of the LS elections 2019 will be amid tight security in the national capital and Chhattisgarh.

Security has been beefed up in and around the counting centres in the seven constituencies of Delhi, officials said. The deployment of security personnel for May 23 has been made in accordance with the guidelines of the Election Commission, an official said.

In Chhattisgarh, counting of votes is for 90 assembly constituencies which will decide the fate of 1269 candidates in the state. Tight security arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of counting in the Maoist-affected regions as well as other districts in the state. Seeking the fourth term in office, chief minister Raman Singh is facing a stiff challenge from Congress which is looking forward to wresting power this time. With more than 5000 government staff pressed into service for counting of votes, 1500 micro observers will ensure that there are no hassles. Chief electoral officer Subrat Sahoo has said that there will be 14 tables for counting of votes along with an additional table for counting of postal ballots which would be done by returning officers.

With VVPAT counting to be introduced in this Lok Sabha election, the results are likely to get delayed by five to six hours.

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