Officials nominated for counting of votes should ensure transparency and perfection by strictly adhering to the norms and guidelines stipulated by the Election Commission, said Collector T.K. Ponnusamy, here on Wednesday.

Addressing election officials and supervisors at a meeting here, the Collector said the officials should exhibit the details such as the name and seal of the electronic voting machine to the agents. The seal should be opened after the agents were fully satisfied and expressed their consent.

The paper seal should be in tact before opening the machines.

The Collector advised the counting officials to confirm consistency in the details of votes polled on particulars mentioned in form 17-C, before proceeding to the next process of counting.

The officials should not indulge in conversation with party agents. Mr. Ponnusamy asked the officials not to use mobile phone at the centres.

R. Pitchai, District Revenue Officer, was present.