Berhampur, May 22 (LocalWire): Police will deploy 24 platoons of force in Ganjam district to ward of any untoward incident during the counting of votes to be held in four counting centres, two in Berhampur and one each in
Chhatrapur and Bhanjangar on Thursday for two Lok Sabha and 13 Assembly constituencies.
While 11 platoons will be deployed at Berhampur, where counting for five Assembly and Lok Sabha seats will be held, eight and five platoons will be engaged at Chhatrapur and Bhanjangar.
The counting of three Assembly segments and their Lok Sabha seats will be held at Bhanjanagar, while five Assembly segments and their Lok Sabha seats will be held at Chhatrapur.
There will be a three tier security system in all the counting centres. Besides forces, police will also be deployed in counting duty, police said.
‘We have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth counting of votes in all the centers,’ said Ganjam Collector Vijya Amruta Kulange.
He said around 900 counting personnel would be engaged for the counting which begin from 8.00 a.m. As many as 206 counting tables will be installed in all centres, he said.
Except four Assembly segments, seven tables would be arranged for each of the other Assembly segments. Ten tables would be arranged for Chikiti, Digapahandi, Sanakhemundi and Gopalpur Assembly segments.
District administration has restricted mobile phones, camera, pen and paper inside the counting hall. ‘We will provide the pen and paper to the counting agents,’ said a senior officer.
As per the direction of the Election Commission, there is a dress code for the persons carrying the EVMs from the strong rooms to the counting tables – pink for those carrying Assembly EVMs and white for Lok Sabha EVMs.
‘The dress code will help identify them,’ said additional district magistrate Laxmidhar Sethi.