Count­ing of votes for Gorakhpur, Phulpur to­day

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Uttarpradesh - HT Cor­re­spon­dents let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

AL­LA­HABAD/GORAKHPUR: Count­ing of votes for Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha by-polls, where vot­ing was held on March 11, will take place on Wed­nes­day. In Al­la­habad, the ex­er­cise will start at Mun­dera Mandi premises from 8 am, said DM and district elec­tion of­fi­cer Suhas LY.

He said the count­ing would be done in a phased man­ner for all five assem­bly seg­ments that form the Phulpur par­lia­men­tary con­stituency. The DM added that the re­sults were ex­pected to be de­clared by 2pm.

As per plans, the count­ing of Phaphamau assem­bly seg­ment would be com­pleted in 30 rounds while that of Phulpur and So­raon seg­ments would take 32 rounds each. The count­ing votes of Al­la­habad North and Al­la­habad West seg­ments would be com­pleted in 31 rounds each.

Fif­teen ta­bles have been set up in tents of each of the five assem­bly seg­ments.

One ta­ble in each tent would be for as­sis­tant re­turn­ing of­fi­cer and the other 14 would wit­ness the count­ing of votes. Each of the 70 ta­bles spread would have a su­per­vi­sor, two count­ing as­sis­tants and one ob­server each, in­formed in-charge as­sis­tant re­turn­ing of­fi­cer, Al­la­habad Di­nesh Ku­mar Tri­pathi.

The of­fi­cials hope to com­plete the count­ing process with the help of 320 staff mem­bers by 2 pm. The re­sults, how­ever, would be an­nounced only af­ter a green sig­nal from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

Dur­ing the count­ing, agents of can­di­dates would re­main out­side the spe­cially put up bar­ri­cad­ing, though they would be able to ob­serve the count­ing process. They would, how­ever, not be al­lowed to have cell phones, Tri­pathi made clear.

While CCTV cam­eras would record the count­ing, even EVMs be­ing fer­ried from strong room to the count­ing ta­ble would be videographed .In Gorakhpur, the count­ing will take place at DDU Gorakhpur Univer­sity amid tight se­cu­rity. District mag­is­trate Ra­jeev Rautela said , “The re­sults will be dis­played on large LED screens and will also be an­nounced on loud­speaker by con­cerned re­turn­ing of­fi­cer,” Rautela added. To en­sure trans­parency, one VVPAT ma­chine will be se­lected from each Vid­han Sabha through ran­dom draw and ver­i­fi­ca­tion slips stored in ma­chine will be counted sep­a­rately once count­ing through con­trol units gets over.

HT

In Al­la­habad, count­ing will take place at Mun­dera Mandi.

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