New Delhi: With all eyes set on the outcomes of the meeting elections within the states of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Puducherry, the Election Commission has equipped for foolproof counting whereas honouring the Covid-19 protocol preparations.
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as we speak reviewed the counting preparations with senior officers of the Commission and the Chief Electoral Officers (CEOs) of 5 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry in a digital assembly.
He directed that every one laid down directions of the Commission should be adhered to in addition to directing that every one counting halls should be absolutely Covid tips compliant.
The Chief Election Commissioner complimented the CEOs for the profitable completion of polling in difficult conditions of thepandemic.
The Election Commission has designated 822 Returning Officers (ROs) and greater than 7,000 Assistant Returning Officers (AROs) for the needs of counting in these 5 states and UT. Approximately, 95,000 counting officers, together with micro observers, will carry out the duty of counting.
The counting will happen at 2,364 counting halls as in comparison with 1,002 halls within the 2016 elections, this quantities to greater than a 200% enhance in counting halls. This is in view of the Election Commission’s instructions on Covid security measures.
No candidates/brokers can be allowed contained in the counting corridor with out present process RT-PCR/RAT take a look at or with out having two doses of vaccination in opposition to Covid-19.
The Election Commission has deputed roughly 1,100 Counting Observers to observe the method of counting. The Additional Reserve Counting Observers have additionally been deputed and positioned to carry out the duties in case of any pandemic-related alternative.
The Election Commission has already banned any victory procession. It was additionally directed that banning victory procession would come with any type of procession by or congregation of supporters of victorious candidates anyplace in constituency(ies) past limits on quantity prescribed by involved state/UT.
The ballot physique has additionally directed the Chief Secretaries of all these states/UT to make sure that all instructions of ECI and extant directions of NDMA/SDMA regarding gatherings and many others. within the wake of counting shall be complied with.