All necessary arrangements made for counting of votes tomorrow: Kharkongor

Chief electoral officer FR Kharkongor on Wednesday said all necessary arrangements have been made for the counting of votes tomorrow.


He informed that the counting of votes will start at 8 am tomorrow in 13 counting centres across the state.


Voting was held on February 27. A total of 369 candidates are contesting the elections in the 59 out of 60 Assembly constituencies.


He said 22 CAPF companies have been retained for purposes of ensuring 24X7 safeguard protocols in respect of the strong rooms containing the polled EVMs of 3419 polling stations in the 59 poll going Assembly constituencies and will stay on till March 4 for any post poll contingencies/exigencies.


“There will be 3 tier security arrangements with CAPF guarding the innermost layer and State armed police will keep vigil of the 2nd & 3rd tier,” the CEO said.


He said that the counting centres are all placed under CCTV and Web cast surveillance during the entire period.  


He informed that there will be a total of 383 rounds of counting, with a maximum of 9 rounds for the biggest AC Mawlai in East Khasi Hills District and 4 rounds for smaller ACs like Dalu in West Garo Hills District

“The counting in all 13 centres will commence at 8 am and counting will initially begin with Postal ballot Count for the first 30 minutes followed by counting of polled votes in the EVM Control Units,” he said.


The CEO accompanied by DEO and SP has already personally inspected the counting arrangements at the East Khasi Hills counting centre at Polo grounds, Shillong ,which has the state’s maximum number of 14 counting halls, 1 each for each AC.


West Garo Hills District counting centre caters to 11 assembly constituencies and is the second largest counting centre in the state.


The Election Commission has deployed 27 Counting Observers and over 500 micro observers will also assist the Counting Observers at each table. Each table will be equipped with a Counting Observer assisted by 4 Counting Assistants.


The CEO informed there were cases of non-deletion of mock poll date in 7 polling stations – 1 in Khliehriat, East Jaintia Hills, 1 in Rambrai, West Khasi Hills, 2 in Songsak, East Garo Hills, 2 in Salmanpara, South West Garo Hills, 1 in Mylliem, East Khasi Hills.


“In the above polling stations, the DEOs & ROs have been directed to strictly follow ECI protocols on counting,” he said.


Further, Kharkongor said also post counting of EVMs, 5 polling stations will be selected at random, through draw of lots and manual counting of 5 randomly selected EVMs will be undertaken as per ECI protocols

Additionally, concerned DEOs have issued necessary orders pertaining to traffic arrangements & victory processions post counting in respect of their concerned districts, he added.

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