District Collector and Election Officer S. Madumathi said that candidates who are declared winners after counting on May 13 cannot celebrate their victories without obtaining prior permission from the district police, since the Model Code of Conduct would be in effect till May 16.

She cautioned that any procession or other forms of celebration that are organised by political parties or candidates without permission would be treated as violation of the poll code and case would be booked on the offenders.

Sensitive areas

However she said that permission would be denied to political parties or candidates to celebrate their victories in areas identified as sensitive.

Adding to the norms for celebrating victories, Superintendent of Police Pravesh Kumar made it clear that parties or candidates should avoid personal attacks on the opposition.

The SP said that a minimum of 60 mobile patrolling parties and 60 static police teams – 10 in each of the six Assembly segments – would be deployed on the day of counting to avoid any untoward incidents.

All electronic voting machines (EVMs) would be escorted from the strong rooms to the counting centres by Central Paramilitary Force personnel, he said. There would be around 120 agents from the various political parties and those representing candidates in every counting centre The SP noted that on the whole nearly 500 police, armed reserve and CPF personnel would be involved in the security arrangements at the counting centre.

Traffic diversion

Since the counting centre at Vivekanandha Educational Institutions for Women is located on the Namakkal to Tiruchengode main road traffic would be diverted at the following points: Vehicles from Namakkal to Tiruchengode would be diverted at Kunjanai to the left, whereas vehicles from Tiruchengode to Namakkal would be diverted at Kumarapalayam Junction via Manikampalayam and Elachipalayam.

Two fire tenders would be readily available at the counting centres round-the-clock, he added.