There were assembly elections in four states — Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, along with the 17th Lok Sabha Elections.
The exit polls are based on responses of the people who have cast their votes. Pollsters predict the results much before the actual counting of votes.
In March, the Election Commission announced that exit polls can only be telecast after the final phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections that ends today. The advisory is also applicable for the assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.
Exit polls will start coming today after 6 pm. For the first time, the Election Commission covered websites and social media platforms in its advisory.
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278 candidates including 22 women in the in fray in Punjab
In Punjab, a total of 278 candidates including 22 women are in the in fray. Bollywood actor Sunny Deol is the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur while former Union minister Preneet Kaur wife for Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh is contesting from her home turf of Patiala for the fifth consecutive time.
Cong leaders believe MP’s ruling party will turn the tables on BJP
Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh, including chief minister Kamal Nath, have claimed that there is no change in public sentiment in the last six months and that the state’s ruling party will turn the tables on the BJP this time too.
‘Confident of victory irrespective of what exit polls predict’: Naidu
The TDP leaders have kept their fingers crossed, though Chandrababu Naidu has been putting up a brave front saying the TDP will definitely come to power for a second term, irrespective of what the exit polls and pre-poll surveys say.
Exit poll results not always correct predictions of results
The exit polls are based on the poll of voters taken immediately after they exit the polling stations, and they do not always predict the results correctly. The actual results will only be known on Thursday, May 23, when votes are counted.
National pollsters to release predictions after voting ends
National pollsters Times Now-VMR, India Today-Axis, CNN IBN-IPSOS, ABP-AC Nielsen, Republic TV-C Voter, News 24-Chanakya and India TV-CNX will release their predictions after 6.30 pm.
Exit polls to start coming in after 6.30 pm
Exit polls will start coming on Sunday after 6.30 pm. For the first time, Election Commission covered websites and social media platforms in its advisory.