To supervise counting operations
The Election Commission has appointed six counting observers to supervise the counting operations in the six Assembly segments in the district.
As per the official sources, Radhika Rastogi has been appointed as counting observer for Kanyakumari Assembly segment, Rajeev Benjwal for Nagercoil Assembly segment, CRS. Venkatramana for Colachel Assembly segment, Om Prakash Yadav for Padmanabhapuram Assembly segment, Mohammed Mustafa for Vilavancode Assembly segment and N. M. Butolia has been appointed for the Killiyoor Assembly segment. Meanwhile, the election department officials said that all the counting observers were expected to reach the district on Wednesday.
A training programme for counting supervisors was inaugurated by the Collector, Rajendra Ratnoo, on Tuesday.
The training programme was conducted in two sessions and District Revenue Officer S. Prabhakaran, the Returning Officers of six Assembly segments, 92 election counting assistants and others participated.
The Collector after inaugurating the training programme said that the votes polled for six Assembly segments in the district would be counted on May 13 at the counting centre at Government Polytechnic College in Konam and the counting process would begin at 8.00 a.m.
The officials appointed for counting should report for duty at 6.00 a.m. without delay.
The counting officials would be randomised and would be allotted each table for counting.
Each table would have a counting supervisor, counting assistant and one Central Government observer.
On the day of counting of postal votes, the counting would begin at 8.00 a.m. and at 8.30 a.m. the votes polled in Electronic Voting Machines would be counted.
The counting supervisors and the counting assistants would not be allowed to take food along with them and they would be provided food by the Returning Officers only.
Mobile phones, match boxes, lighters, cigarettes, sharp-edged materials, chemical and liquid products would be prohibited inside the counting centre to ensure free and fair counting of votes.