Armed forces will guard the staff carrying the EVMs till they reach the counting centres

With the Election Commission of India directing the district administration to transfer the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) soon after the polling is over, on the same day, it has become a major task for the election staff and the police as well.

Now, the officials are busy making heavy security bandobust for the transportation of the EVMs, which will be brought to the Etcherla Sivani College on Wednesday. They said that the process may continue till next day morning, as some polling stations like Itchapuram, Palasa and Patapatnam are situated far away from the counting centre.

Srikakulam Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati on Tuesday told The Hindu that a three layer-security would be arranged for the safe transportation of EVMs. “Armed forces will guard the staff carrying the machines till they reach the counting centres,” he said.

As many as 8,267 police personnel have been deployed for polling duty at 2,450 polling stations. Besides, 30 static surveillance teams, 38 flying squads have been engaged and 12 inter-State check-posts have been set up for the for peaceful conduct of the elections. Additional forces have been deployed at the hyper-sensitive areas in Amadalavalasa, Narasannaeta and Tekkali, said Mr. Gulati.

Polling percentage

Srikakulam Collector Saurabh Gaur said that polling percentage might go up this time due to the massive awareness campaign organised in the district. “We are anticipating more than 85 per cent polling in the district,” he said.

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