Security beef-up for judgement day
As candidates and leaders of political parties wait for the D-Day with bated breath, the Election Commission is busy reviewing the security arrangements to ensure counting of votes in 81 Assembly seats in a transparent manner on Monday.
“We have made elaborate security arrangements. The counting rounds will differ from one constituency to another. The minimum counting rounds will be 14 and maximum 28. There will be separate counting tables for each constituency. The minimum tables in each counting booth will be 14 while the maximum will be 24,” Jharkhand chief electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said.
He said the counting would begin from 8am and the trends will start pouring in from 9am.
In Jharkhand, polling was held across 29,464 booths.
In a statement issued by the Election Commission, the results will be available on http://results.eci.gov.in.
People can also get real-time update on their mobile phones through the Voter Helpline app.
Choubey said Jharkhand Police personnel as well as CRPF jawans would be deployed in large numbers at all counting centres.
“We have foolproof and elaborate security arrangement in place.
However, I can’t disclose the security details,” Choubey added.
Additional chief electoral oficer Kripanand Jha said three counting staff would be assigned to each table.
“Candidates can nominate two of their representatives per table to ensure that counting is being conducted in a fair manner. First, all postal ballots will be counted. Micro observers at the counting table will supervise the entire process,” Jha said.
He said the result of each round of counting will be declared after permission from the Election Commission.
No mobile phone will be allowed inside the counting centres.
In Ranchi, counting will be held at Pandra Bazaar Samiti where the district administration has made security and logistic arrangements.
“At Pandra Bazaar, counting of seven Assembly seats — Tamar, Silli, Khijri, Ranchi, Hatia, Kanke and Mandar —will be held. Guidelines of Election Commission of India will be followed and we have made sufficient security arrangements,” said Ranchi deputy commissioner Rai Mahimapat Ray.