May 22, 2019 09:51 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Dr Inder Jeet said that all necessary arrangements have been made for the counting process in the State that will take place tomorrow that is on May 23, 2019. The staff deputed on duty would also have to go through three-tier security to reach the counting centres and videography of all counting centres would be carried out.

Dr Inder Jeet said that 14 tables have been set up for counting at each assembly constituency. He said that each counting table would have Assistant, Supervisor and Micro-observer. Each counting table would be monitored by Micro Observer who would be fully responsible for the counting process.

He said that the only limited persons would be allowed to enter the counting hall. Apart from staff, officers and candidates related to elections, persons authorized by Election Commission of India (possessing authority letter duly issued by ECI) and media persons would be allowed to enter the hall. The first security tier includes State Armed Force, second tier include other police personnel and the third tier would have police personnel at the gate of counting centre for checking.

Dr. Inder Jeet said that the movement of vehicles would be prohibited in the 100-meter periphery of counting centres. From there, one has to walk to reach the counting centre. Separate media centre has been set up for media persons. EVMs, which are kept under safe custody in the strong rooms, would be opened in the presence of ROs, AROs, candidates and election agents. He said that after counting of EVM, this time, counting of five VVPAT would be done randomly from each assembly constituency. For this, a separate counter would be set up. He said the separate team has been constituted for counting of VVPATs, which also included bank employee. The counting of VVPATs would be carried out under the supervision of RO and ARO.

He said that the Commission has released Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) to over 1.05 lakh soldiers. Large number of ballot papers of service voters are expected to be received from each assembly constituency. He said that the ballot papers, which would be received by 8 a.m. on May 23, 2019, would definitely be included in the counting. The expenses of sending the postal ballot papers through speed post to service voters would be borne by the Election department, he added.

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