A three-tier security has been put in place at the strong room where electronic voting machines were sealed and kept safely on the premises of a private polytechnic college at Hasthampatti here from Wednesday night.

With polling passing off peacefully for the by-election to the Yercaud Assembly constituency on Wednesday, the focus now shifts on the counting of votes that is scheduled for December 8.

Sealed

The EVMs were kept in a strong room sealed and is guarded round-the-clock by the Central Armed Police Force apart from the State police personnel.

On Thursday, General Observer for the by-election Ravi Prakash Arora, Returning Officer and District Adi Dravida and Tribal Welfare Officer T. Sabapathy and other election officials inspected the counting rooms and discussed the safety and fire-fighting equipment in place in the strong room.

The counting would begin at 8 a.m. on Sunday by 52 officers spread across 14 tables. Officials also discussed the security measures and monitoring process on the day of counting and are hopeful that it would be completed without any untoward incidents.

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