Bhilai, Dec 22: Elaborate arrangements have been made for counting of votes for the civic body polls in Bhilai, Bhilai Charoda, Risali, Jamul and Utai. In connection with the preparations for the counting of votes, Collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure inspected all the counting centers on Wednesday. He gave necessary instructions to the returning officers regarding the facilities at the counting center. He conducted detailed inspection from the entry gate to the counting room. Collector stated that the entry gate will be over crowded in the morning. He gave instructions regarding how people can get entry as soon as possible while maintaining full vigilance and security. Mobile Phones will be banned in the counting center. Only journalists will be allowed to carry mobiles up to the media centre. Mobiles will not be allowed beyond the media center. The Collector also saw the arrangement of vehicle parking in all the centers. He also saw the arrangements for CCTV cameras etc in the counting center. Along with this, he also inspected the arrangement of power backup etc. He said that the Covid protocol should be fully followed inside the counting center. He said that the guidelines of the Election Commission should be followed completely.
Each table will have a supervisor and two assistants. Also, there will be a peon for bringing the box from the strong room. All the people engaged in election work will have to reach their workplace at least one hour before the scheduled time. Counting of votes will commence from 09:00 hrs. Postal ballots will be counted on the ARO’s table.
The Collector asked all the returning officers to remain alert and conduct the works in a transparent manner. Returning officers informed that all preparations related to counting of votes have been made and training has also been given to the officers and employees. Pen and paper will be provided to the agents in the counting hall. Media centers have been set up in all the counting centers for the convenience of the media persons. From time to time, round wise results will be communicated to the media personnel. Collector also specially reviewed the security of the premises in all the counting centers.
Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Sanjay Dhruv was also present during the inspection. He said that tight security arrangements have been made at the counting venues. CCTV cameras etc have been installed and transparency will be maintained at every level.
Deputy District Election Officer Khemlal Verma said that mobile phones will be completely banned in the counting center. Journalists will be allowed to carry mobiles to the media centre. After this limit, mobile will be banned.
Additional Superintendent of Police Sanjay Dhruv said that about one thousand jawans have been deployed in the counting centres. Eight Quick Response Teams have been set up which will take action in case of any emergency. There will be 15 constables and one Sub Inspector will be there is each team. Along with this, there will be four Quick Response Teams for looking after the victory processions.
Items prohibited at counting centre
The administration has issued a list of banned materials in the counting centres of urban body election. Giving information in this regard, Additional Collector Padmini Bhoi said that mobile phones will not be allowed in the counting centre. Electronic devices of any kind will not be allowed. Calculators and pens are also prohibited. Inflammable materials like matches, lighters etc will also be banned. Cigarettes, bidi, paan, gutkha, beverages, water bottles, cold drinks will also be banned. Entry with stick, knife, weapon etc will be prohibited. It needs to be mentioned here that elaborate security arrangements have been made at the counting venues. Quick Response Teams will be positioned to deal with emergency situations.