Lok Sabha Polls 2019: Rehearsal held for counting of votes

Bhilai, May 21:
On Tuesday, two days ahead of the counting of votes following Lok Sabha 2019 election, a full rehearsal was conducted at the counting centre in Rungta College. The rehearsal was conducted for five hours from 08:00 hrs to 13:00 hrs. Also, the final preparations were in full swing for smooth and secure counting of votes on May 23. During the rehearsal the candidates and polling agents were also present. The counting is to be conducted in 22 rounds and after the completion of rounds VVPAT slips from five counting centres would be counted and verified. At the counting centre 14 tables each have been set up per assembly constituency. Each table will have a micro observer, counting supervisor and counting assistant on duty. Necessary first aid and medical camp has also been set up for the counting day. The rehearsal was also done for the entry of data into the Suvidha portal.
As per the schedule, the strong room would be opened at 07:00 hrs in the presence of the Returning Officer, Observer and candidates as well as their agents. As per the numbering, the control unit would then reach the counting section. After every round the assistant returning officer would prepare the tabulation. After counting of each round, the figures would be updated on the Suvidha portal. The status of the result uploaded on the portal would be visible on the public domain. As is the process, first the postal ballots would be counted for which 05 tables will be arranged. The counting of votes from EVMs will begin at around 8:30 hrs.
On the other hand the traffic released the route chart for the parking system applicable on May 23. The vehicles of observers, Returning Officers and AROs would use R-1 gate for entry to the counting centre and park on the ground in front. The government officers and personnel on duty for the counting work would also use R-1 gate and park the vehicles on the ground. The contesting candidates and their polling agents would use R-2 gate and park the vehicles on the ground in back side of the college. Media persons too are to use the same round i.e, R-2 gate and parking facility. On the day of counting the no traffic would be allowed on the road in front of the college and the commuters will have to use the diverted route. No vehicles can also be parked in front of the college on the counting day. A person entering the counting centre can only carry a more book and handkerchief.

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