All preparations of vote counting are complete: Additional Chief Electoral Officer Dilip Shinde

More than twenty-five thousand employees have been appointed

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“All preparations for the counting of votes of the general elections of 288 Assembly constituencies in the State and by-election of Satara Lok Sabha constituencies are completed. Results of both elections will be displayed on October 24. More than 25,000 officers and staff have been appointed for the counting. ” informed Additional Chief Electoral Officer, Dilip Shinde.

He further stated that counting begins at 8am on October 24 ,today. Meanwhile, all counting staff have been trained for counting for couple of times. Votes would be counted at 288 centers in 269 places. Around 14 to 20 tables are kept for the number of polling booths for a constituency. For a table there is a supervisor, two assistants, three counting staff, and one subordinate observer. Counting of VVPAT of five booths of the constituency take place on this occasion. These five booths are selected in the presence of candidates or their representatives and inspectors. Votes on VVPAT and on EVM would be verified. Initially, ETPB (electronically transmitted postal ballet) will be calculated by postal opinion and barcode.

“Candidate representatives can be present for each table which to be counted. Separate staff are assigned to move EVMs from the Strong Room to each table. CCTVs have been installed in the Strong room and vote counting centers. The video will be filmed showing the ballot box counting from the strong room and then keeping the boxes again to the strong Room.

Observers of the Election Commission of India will be present during the entire counting process. Round wise vote counting will be announced by Election decision officers. The soundtracks have been installed outside the counting center to allow the general public to get counting information” said Mr. Shinde.

He further informed that adequate police arrangements have been made at the counting center. Strong room has been provided with three-level security arrangements such as Central Armed Police Force, State Reserve Police Force and Local Police.

The results will display on the LED in the Ministry

The Chief Electoral Officer’s Office has made arrangements to inform the Ministry about the results of the election. The results will also be displayed on the LED screen of the Directorate General of Information and Public Relations. Media rooms have been set up outside the counting center of each constituency to provide immediate results to journalists.

Information will be available on the Election Commission of India’s website as well as ‘Voter Helpline’ on Android app available on the Google play store. Information will also be available for the round wise results of the constituency, party-wise candidate from all over the state, the winning candidate, the percentage of the party-wise voting.