D-day today; around 300 officers, employees to count votes

Ujjain: Counting for Lok Sabha Polls-2014 will be held at Ujjain Engineering College here on Friday. Counting will begin at 8 am with counting of postal ballots in first phase. Entire counting staff including 300 officers and employees will report at counting venue at 6.30 am.

District Electoral Officer BM Sharma directed counting staff to report at their concerned table in counting rooms at 7 am. Dry day will be observed on Friday to maintain law and order in the city. Gazatted officers will count postal ballots in first phase. After counting of postal ballots, counting of votes from electronics voting machines will begin. Micro observers will be present at each counting table.

Nobody will be allowed to enter in counting hall except micro observers and counting agents. There will be strict security arrangements at counting table as counting staff has to maintain confidentiality. In case of violating law, accused will be sentenced three months imprisonment under Section 128 of Representation of People’s Act 1951.
Genesis software will be used for trends of counting and results by Election Commission of India. Information of trends and results of parliamentary constituency will be fed in a data entry form at district headquarters.

After counting will over, EVMs will be sealed in the presence of counting agent. Entry in counting halls will be given from different entrance. Cell phones will be restricted at counting venue. Calculator will be made available at counting table. Collector BM Sharma has appointed executive magistrates for maintaining law and order in the city on the day of counting. Joint Collector Meena Mishra was appointed for the said work.

General Observer Surendranath Tripathi and Dr BS Dengade made inspection of mock run held at Vivekanand Bhavan on Thursday. Both the observers asked micro observers for not committing any mistake during counting of voters. During the mock-run, counting staff was directed to sit inside separate rooms according to constituencies. Zila Panchayat CEO Dr MP Patel suspended a panchayat secretary Darbar Singh for practicing negligence in official works and denying orders of senior officers. Darbar Singh was posted as panchayat secretary of village Ilamkhedi.

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