Preparations for counting, training session at Zila Panchayat

Korba, May 21:
The counting of votes under Lok Sabha Elections-2019 is to take place on 23rd of May, and district election department is engaged in preparations for proper couting. A training programme was organised at the conference hall of Zila Panchayat for counting staff, postal ballot counting staff, ETPBS counting staff, announcers and runners, under Lok Sabha elections 2019, on Monday. Master Trainer Dr MM Joshi gave information about counting the votes from EVM and completing the prescribed formats.
Master trainer Joshi told the running staff that format 17-C and format 20 are filled after counting, and the original as well as photocopy of the formats has to be submitted to Assistant Election Officer. During the training it was said that announcers have also been appointed for the counting day. They were told that the votes received by every candidate have to be announced at the end of every round. At the end of every round, the name of the candidate and the received votes have to be announced very carefully, so as to avoid any confusion.
He also trained the control room workers and said that several phone calls may come at the control room for various information. Therefore, the workers must be present at their fixed positions and accurate information has to be given on the phone. The counting staff were told that they will not be allowed to carry any electronic gadget, pen, Paan, tobacco pouch or other such articles. They have to reach the counting venue along with their admission passes. EVM counting staff were told about the process to open the suitcase and count the votes round wise. Any kind of difficulty has to be reported to the Assistant Returning Officer present on the spot. During the EVM counting, all the information has to be filled in the fixed formats and signatures have to be received from the agents of the candidates. Information was also given regarding the counting of postal ballot and ETPBS.
Training was given regarding the counting of Postal ballots, recognising fake postal ballots and separating the ballots which are not in condition worth counting. Deputy District Election Officer Kamlesh Nandini Sahu, Deputy Collector Nishtha Pandey Tiwari, Devendra Pradhan, Sanjay Kumar Markham and master trainer Vivek Lande were present on the occasion.

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