District administration all set for counting votes on May 23
All necessary arrangements have been made for counting of votes of the 17th Lok Sabha election on May 23, said returning officer (RO) of inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, Naorem Praveen during a press meet held today at his office at Lamphel DC complex.
Speaking to media persons, Praveen, who is also Imphal West DC and DEO stated that the preparations are made with strict adherence to the guidelines of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to prevent any room for manipulation.
He asserted that eight counting centres will be set up in the DC complex for the counting of votes. Out of the eight, seven centres will be specifically used for counting votes in EVMs and the remaining one will be utilised in counting votes from postal ballot and Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS), he added.
The counting will commence at 8 am and postal ballots will be counted first as it has to undergo pre counting activities like checking and verifying the bar codes. However, the election observers will report on duty at 5 am on May 23. The counting of votes sealed in EVMs will begin 30 minutes later; he pointed out and stated that the counting will be held in the presence of election observer, RO under the supervision of AROs.
The RO, IMPC further noted that a minimum of 10 tables and a maximum of 14 tables will be used for counting the EVMs. In order to maintain transparency, the carrying out of EVMs from strong rooms to the counting halls will be video recorded and CCTV cameras have also been installed along the passage, he added.
Lastly, he observed that the whole counting process may be finished by 5 pm.
Taking part in the press meet, SP, Imphal West, K. Meghachandra intimated that the Imphal West DC complex will be guarded in three different levels of security on the counting day. At the first layer, the DC Complex will be cordoned off from 100 metres away and more than 500 police personnel are already deployed round the clock in three different shifts, he said.
To ensure smooth conduct of the counting and to avoid any disturbances, three companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), two teams of anti-terrorist squad and various quick reaction teams and mobile teams have been deployed. Moreover, 18 additional locations were identified apart from existing strategic locations where security forces will be deployed till the completion of counting, he stated.
Meghachandra also cautioned that arms and ammunitions, sharp weapons and inflammable substances are strictly prohibited inside the office complex.
He also appealed to the political parties, candidates and workers not to create public nuisance and not to use loudspeakers during victory procession. He also urged them to respect mandate of the people and not to instigate any violent activities if the people’s mandate do not come in their favour.
Traffic police, SP Khoisnam Sarma also notified that there will be traffic diversion on the day of counting. Vehicles coming from Khwai Bazar side shall divert towards RIMS and Khamlangba bridge via village lane from Canteen Leirak crossing except the vehicles of candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass. Vehicles coming from Khamlangba side shall divert towards Khwai Bazar side except the vehicles of candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass. Vehicles coming from Tera Bazar and Takyel side towards Naoremthong New Bridge shall not be allowed to ply towards Uripok-Kangchup road except the vehicles of candidates, election agents, counting agents and vehicles having car pass, she cautioned.
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