District gearing up for Counting Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Saba Election Votes on June 4

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District gearing up for Counting Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Saba Election Votes on June 4

Udupi: “The counting of votes of the Lok Sabha elections in Udupi-Chikkamagaluru constituency will be held at the St Cecilys School in Udupi on June 4”, said the Udupi Deputy Commissioner K Vidyakumari.

The counting will begin at 8 a.m. Speaking to reporters in Udupi, Vidyakumari said that the counting of the total 12,31,005 votes will be held Assembly constituency-wise. Two counting rooms each have been allocated for the Kundapur, Karkala, Sringeri, and Tarikere Assembly constituencies, and one room each has been allocated for Udupi, Kaup, Mudigere, and Chikkamagaluru Assembly constituencies.

Each of the two counting rooms will have seven tables, and one counting room will have 14 tables. Counting of votes in the EVM machines will be overseen by the District Election Officer, eight Assistant Election Officers, and four Additional Assistant Election Officers.

The postal votes will be counted in a separate room, while the service votes will be counted on a separate table. Allocation of tables for the counting personnel will be done randomly. A candidate can appoint an agent for each table, she said.

As per the directions of the Election Commission, a control room, for lodging complaints and getting information related to counting, will start functioning at the office of the Deputy Commissioner from June 1.

The result will be declared only after the completion of the counting of postal votes and votes recorded in EVM, and after getting approval of the Counting Observer, Hitesh Koya. The winning candidate will receive the certificate only after getting approval from the Election Commission, she said.

After the completion of counting, the EVMs related to the Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts will be kept in the respective district strong rooms for 45 days of the election dispute period.

There will be three-layer security at the counting center. The 100-metre radius of the counting centre will be a pedestrian zone and there will be no movement of vehicles in this zone. CCTV cameras have been installed in the counting halls and other areas of the counting center. There will be a ban on victory celebrations and the use of firecrackers across the Udupi district from 5 a.m. to June 4 midnight, said the Deputy Commissioner.


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