Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 9:
The election commission has engaged 1200 officials and put in place a three-layer security arrangement at the 64 counting centres for counting of votes in Odisha on May 16.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mona Sharma has been discussing ways to ensure free and fair counting with all the returning officers in districts through video conferencing.
The Election Commissioners will also discuss measures needed to ensure hassle-free counting with district electoral officers (DEOs) and returning officers(ROs) nominated for state Assembly segments through video conferencing on May 12.
Counting will begin from 8 am on May 16. The officials will first start counting of the postal ballot papers dispatched by government officials, who were engaged for election duty at various places of the state during the two-phase elections, said CEO sources.
The sources also said that the ballot papers and votes locked in EVMs for Assembly segments will be counted first before votes for Lok Sabha seats are taken up for counting in the afternoon.
In order the media, the CEO has made elaborate arrangementsto provide timely information about the counting to
for media persons while it has decided to set up information centres at counting places.