Khandwa/ Mandsaur/ Burhanpur/ Khargone: Different district administrations began to prepare for the counting of votes, as it is scheduled on May 16, under the leadership of the district election officers. Some significant information communicated through media release is as follows:Control rooms for counting process in every districtFor proper and undisputed completion of the vote’s counting process, a separate control room is established in all the 51 districts of the state.

There is also a state level control room in the office of the chief election officer of the state. Every control room will have five telephone lines and two fax machines with operators and there will also be five additional telephone lines available for making complaints.

Candidates can post counting agents at every RO and ARO table.The election commission of India had directed to all DEO’s that the candidates can appoint their counting agents at the table of the returning officer (RO) and at the table of the assistant returning officers (ARO), besides agents for every counting table.

After counting, the EVMs will be sealed before the counting agents As per the directions of the election commission, after completion of counting of votes, the electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be sealed again and this action will be taken in the presence of the counting agents of the candidates.

This sealing will be done with the use of secret codes of the returning officer and of the election commission. The system is designed in such a way that after sealing the EVM, the counting recorded on that machine will not get deleted and the machine will retain it in its memory, even without the battery.

 Counting of EVMs will start after half an hour of the start of postal ballot counting The counting process will begin at 8 a.m. in most of the districts and first of all the counting of postal ballots will be started. The counting of votes through EVM’s will be started only after half an hour of it. For counting of postal ballots, only gazetted officers will be given responsibility, using method of randomization. The counting of postal votes will be completed before the final round of the counting of EVMs.

For information of results and trends, ‘Genesis’ software will be used With the approval from the election commission of India, the ‘Genesis’ software will be used for knowing about the results and trends of the counting in the state. For this purpose, training has been provided to all the returning officers of various districts, on April 28. The authentic trends and results would be available on the website of the election commission: www.eci.nic.in.

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