14 tables for each constituency

Arrangements are in place for counting of votes polled in the Udhagamandalam, Gudalur (Res) and Coonoor assembly constituencies and the declaration of results.

Stating this to presspersons here on Wednesday, the District Election Officer and Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik said that it would start at the Government Polytechnic College at 8 a.m. on May 13. She said that postal votes would be taken up first.

Thirty minutes later the votes polled in the Electronic Voting Machines would be taken up for counting.

Pointing out that 14 tables have been arranged for each constituency, she said that for each table an assistant, a superintendent and a micro-observer have been appointed.

Each table will be equipped with a video camera. Only those with photo identity cards would be allowed inside the counting centre.

All those entering the centre would be frisked. Except the observer appointed by the Election Commission of India, no one else will be allowed to enter with cell phones.

There will be a media centre. Agents of candidates should deposit their phones at the communication centre. Security will be extremely tight.