Bangalore, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

Preparation is in full swing for smooth counting of votes for the elections held for 28 segments in Karnataka for the 16th Lok Sabha which will be conducted in various districts on May 16.

State chief electoral officer Anil Kumar Jha said staff would assemble at the counting stations across the state tomorrow night and the counting will begin at 0830 hrs on May 16.

A one-day training for counting supervisors, counting assistants and micro observers has been conducted.

First the postal ballot papers counting will be taken up, he said.

Only the counting staff, officers deputed by the election commission, the government officers engaged in election duty, candidates, their poll and counting agents will be allowed to enter the counting center.

He said use of mobile phones in the counting centers has been completely banned.

Sale of liquor has been banned in the state from the midnight of May 15 to the midnight of May 16.

A Mysore report said the counting for Mysore-Kodagu Constituency will be held in Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering Golden Jubilee Bhavan, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer C Shikha said today.

Speaking to newsmen, she said arrangements have been made for the counting of votes. The counting supervisors, assistants and micro-observers, each numbering 550, have been appointed for carrying out the work of the counting of votes. Other 600 officers have been appointed for carrying out other duties related to the counting process.

A Mangalore report said the Election Commission was making all preparations for the smooth conduct of counting of votes on May 16. The counting of votes to 17-Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha constituency will be held at Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Pre-University College at Bondel, near here, on May 16.

Deputy commissioner AB Ibrahim said that all officials on counting duty should be present at the counting station by 6 am on the day. There will be a counting supervisor, counting assistant and an observer for every counting table.

Counting will be held in 14 - 18 rounds for electronic voting machines (EVM) of 1,766 polling stations in the constituency. Micro observers will have to report in detail on counting of each EVM, the DC said.

A Gulbarga report said the counting of Ballots for the Gulbarga (R) Parliamentary constituency will take place at the Junana Ganga Campus of the Gulbarga University from 0800 hrs.

Preparation have been going in full swing for the smooth and peaceful conduct of the counting process.

Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer N V Prasad today visited The Junana Ganga campus of Gulbarga University and verified the preparation and security arrangement for the smooth counting.

Deputy Commissioner N V Prasad today held a meeting of candidates and election agents for briefing about the preparation made for the counting.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)