Counting in Bengal amid high security
Counting of votes in the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal begins tomorrow at 0800 hrs amid tight security under the direct supervision of Election Commission officials.
Official sources said 48 counting venues, comprising 69 counting centres, had been set up, which would be directly supervised by 43 general observers and 55 counting observers.
A three-tier security arrangement, including personnel from both central and state forces, would be deployed at each of the 48 premises in West Bengal when the votes cast in the Lok Sabha polls will be counted.
'Three-tier cordoning system will be set up in all counting premises to prevent the entry of unauthorised people inside the counting premises as per the commission's standing instructions,' Assistant Chief Electoral Officer A Bhattacharyay said.
'In addition, a 100-metre periphery around a counting premise will be demarcated as pedestrian zone. No vehicles will be allowed within this perimeter. This is first cordon of the security ring,' he said.
The second tier and the middle cordon, at the gate of the counting premise, would be manned by the state armed police, he said.
Central paramilitary personnel will guard the third security layer at the door of the counting hall.
The assistant CEO said each counting table would be monitored by one micro-observer and assistant returning officers will man the counting halls and the entire exercise would be videographed.
(Posted on 16-05-2014)