It is still a matter of three more days before the final results to the recently concluded general elections would be declared on May 23, and the whole nation is waiting with bated breath.

For the National Capital of Delhi, the wait for the results of the seven LS seats is very much likely to get a bit longer as announced by Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh.

According to Singh, the declaration of results for the Delhi Lok Sabha seats may get delayed by around five to six hours (on May 23) as more time will be spent on counting VVPATs from each of the 70 Assembly segments of the national capital, adding that after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is over, the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) will be counted as per the Supreme Court guidelines.

“From every assembly constituency, five (VVPATs) will be randomly selected and they will be counted for which there is a special VVPAT counting booth in every counting hall. It will take place in five rounds,” said Singh.

Delhi has 70 assembly constituencies and in all 350 VVPATs will be counted.

“Every assembly segment has 200 polling stations and five polling stations will be selected randomly. This will delay the formal results but trends will be already out. Formal declaration of results will be five to six hours delayed,” Singh told PTI.

The counting of votes would start at 8 am with the counting of the postal ballot.

(With PTI inputs)