Berhampur, May 15 (LocalWire): Ganjam district administration is gearing up to count votes of all Assembly segments and Lok Sabha constituencies on 23 May by launching a training programme for staff today.
The district voted for 13 Assembly segments and two Parliamentary constituencies -Aska and Berhampur in two segments.
The training programme for the counting staff and others will continue for next four days, said a senior officer. District Collector Vijay Amruta Kulange inaugurated the training programme.
Around 900 staff will be engaged in counting of the votes in the district.
Counting of the votes would be held in three places including Berhampur, Bhanjanagar and Chhatrapur.
While the counting would start from 8.00 a.m. the process would start much before.
Initially, the postal ballots would be counted before counting the votes in electric voting machines.
Kulange said cell phones and taking photographs during counting was strictly banned. Security will be tight in the counting centres and no one without authorisation would be allowed inside the counting hall.
Counting would be spread across seven tables of each Assembly constituency and 40 rounds would be counted for each Assembly constituency.
Results of the counting would be displayed through an LED display board near the counting centres.
Fate of several political stalwarts including BJD supremo and chief minister Naveen Patnaik (Hinjili), the rural development minister Bikram Keshari Arukha (Bhanjanagar), food supply and consumer welfare minister Surya Narayan Patro (Digapahandi), technical education minister Usha Devi (Chikiti), former union minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu (Berhampur Lok Sabha), who contested with BJD tickets will be decided.