Postal ballots to be taken up for counting at the initial stage
The counting observers were apprised of statutory guidelines to be followed during the process of counting votes, to be taken up here on May 13 (Friday).
P. Prakash, Deputy Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India, issued instructions to be followed necessarily through video conference to ensure smooth counting. Amidst tight security, counting of votes would commence from 8 a.m. at Government Polytechnic College in Tuticorin. The counting process in each of the tables would be videographed. Postal ballots would be taken up for counting at the initial stage and the personnel involved would take up counting in electronic voting machines, subsequently.
All the personnel deputed for counting were advised to be present earlier at the venue. Shila Nag of West Bengal, a counting observer deputed for one of the six Assembly constituencies, arrived in Tuticorin. Observers for all six constituencies, Collector and District Election Officer C.N. Maheswaran, District Revenue Officer D. Ravichandran, Superintendent of Police K.A. Senthil Velan, Tahsildar (Election) N. Samuel and other officials attended the discussion through video conferencing. Later, a meeting was convened with Returning Officers to review the preparedness of counting arrangements.