Process in Malampuzha to be videotaped
District Returning Officer and District Collector K.V. Mohan Kumar has said that 600 officials will be deployed in the four counting centres in the district for the counting of votes polled in the Assembly election on Friday.
The counting of postal votes would start at 8 a.m. on May 13 and of votes from Electronic Voting Machines at 8.30 a.m. A total of 169 counting tables would be arranged to count the votes of 12 Assembly constituencies.
The counting in Malampuzha Assembly constituency where Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan is seeking re-election would be videotaped. The display on EVMs would be shown on a screen set up on counting tables.
The Election Commission had directed counting in one Assembly constituency in each district be video recorded. The meeting of representatives of political parties in the district decided to choose Malampuzha for videorecording, the Collector said.
He said that six Central poll observers would supervise counting in the 12 Assembly constituencies in Palakkad district. They are Subratha Biswas; Hiteshkumar S. Makwana; Gazanfar Hussain; Vikas Ananad (IAS officials); and S. Jayaprakasham and K. Shivakumar (both IRS officials).
The counting of votes of Malampuzha, Palakkad and Chittur Assembly constituencies would be held at Government Victoria College, Palakkad. Votes of Tharoor, Nemmara, and Alathur constituencies would be counted at A.S.M.M.H.S.S, Alathur; of Thrithala, Pattambi, and Shoranur at L.S.N.G.H.S.S Ottapalam; and of Ottappalam, Kongad and Mannarkkad constituencies at Kalladi H.S.S., Kumaramputhur, Mannarkkad.
No to cell phone
The Collector said that no mobile phone would be allowed in the counting centres.
Returning officers and mediapersons could use their mobile phones in a room adjacent to the centre.
A display board put up at Civil Station would update results after each round of counting in all the 12 constituencies.
Media centres would be set up in the four counting centres and also in the Civil Station, the Collector said.