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Odisha gears up for counting day

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 12:

With the counting of votes in Odisha beginning on May 16, the Election Commission of India today had a videoconferencing with the District Election Officers (DEOs). Sources in the office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) said counting of votes would be done in 159 halls in 64 centres in the state in which about 12000 employees would be engaged.

(source: thehindu.com)
(source: thehindu.com)

Briefing newsmen here this afternoon, CEO Mona Sharma said as per the directive of the EC, a district level meeting is underway where the officials, having any doubt, would consult the Returning Ofiicer (RO) and Additional RO before the commencement of counting.

“We have got the approval of the EC for counting of votes in 64 centres of the state. For one Assembly constituency and Assembly constituency segments of the Parliamentary constituency, we have arranged one hall. For 13 Assembly constituencies, two halls have been provided where counting would be done amid tight security. We are trying to ensure free flow of information. In Bhubaneswar, arrangements have been made in the conference hall of the BJB Autonomous College to apprise the people of the trends of the results. Besides, we have also asked the I&PR department to flash the counting results on the screen at Jayadev Bhawan”, the CEO informed.

For counting of Assembly votes, there would be seven tables in each counting centres while there would be special tables for the Returning Officers (ROs) and poll observers.

There would be a counting supervisor, counting assistant and micro observer for each table while a general observer would be in charge of each hall.

To ensure transparent and hassle-free counting, a three-tier security would be put in place in each counting centre where no police officer or security guard of any minister would be allowed to enter, CEO office sources said.