Jamshedpur, Dec 17: Counting exercise training was given to the assistants and observers involved in the election duty December 7. The process was carried out under the strict vigil of returning officer cum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla.
The training on the counting of votes from the electronic voting machines (EVM) and registering the correct record was given to officials deployed for poll duty. Officials’ in-charge of each of the six assembly segments in the Lok Sabha constituency were given guidelines to follow on the day of countings. The counting would be carried on different rounds. Jugsalai assembly area would witness the maximum 23 rounds.
On the other hand the returning officer informed that a media center will be set up at the administrative complex of the counting centre, to facilitate the media for the coverage of the whole election process. All communication facilities would be provided to scribes, he added.
“As per the instructions no person other than candidates, their election/ counting agents, public servants on election duty or persons authorised by Election Commission shall enter the counting premises at the time of counting of votes,” he noted.
The parties have been asked to submit a list of agents for each assembly segment. The political parties have imparted training on their own to the agents.
“As everything is made electronic, the necessity of agents is quite minimal. There is quite a difference between counting ballot papers and counting using EVMs. But keen observation in EVMs is most important” said an official on poll duty.
The counting will get off sharply at 8 a.m. and by 4.30 in the evening the exercise will culminate with the formal handing over the merit certificate to the winning candidate.