Collectors issue norms to be followed by observers and authorised agents of candidates

The Collectors and District Election Officers of Krishnagiri and Dhramapuri V. Arun Roy and R. Ananthakumar respectively have issued norms to be followed by observers appointed by the Election Commission of India, agents of candidates' and reporters at the counting centres on May 13.

According to the press releases issued here on Wednesday, observers, reporters and authorised agents of the candidates would be allowed to carry mobiles inside the Government Polytechnic College at Krishnagiri and Government Arts at Dharmapuri where the counting of votes will be held for the recently concluded assembly elections.

According to the releases, only observers are allowed to use the mobile within the counting hall.

The agents should handover the mobile to an official at the designated rooms allotted room.

They can speak to their relatives, friends only from the room. Reporters are allowed to use the mobile only at the media centre.

Postal ballots

The counting of postal ballots will begin at 8 a.m. If the counting was not over even after 8.30 a.m., the counting of votes polled by the voters through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will begin at 8.30 a.m.

Receiving of postal ballots will be stopped at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The boxes of postal ballots will be brought to the counting centre at 7 a.m. on Friday under tight security. Candidates can send their agents, if they wish, to accompany the postal ballot boxes.

Apart from the officials' candidates, only their agents and counting agents are allowed inside the counting centre, provided if they have valid Identity Card issued by the Returning Officers.

Except government vehicles, all other vehicles should be parked beyond 100 mts. from the entrance of the counting centre.

Candidates and their agents have been asked to park their vehicles allotted to them outside the counting centre.

Candidates are not allowed to go near the counting table at the counting hall. Candidates' and their agents are allowed to bring only normal calculator.

Candidates and their agents and counting agents are allowed to bring with them only the pencils. Bringing pen inside the counting centre will be banned.

Candidates, if found any discrepancy in counting or any dispute, they can immediately report to the Election Supervisors or Chief Electoral Officer to the Toll Free Number 1965 or at the Control Room at the District Election Officer on 230228, the releases said.

Mr. Arun Roy, Superintendent of Police C. Maheshwari inspected the counting centre at the Government Polytechnic College in Krishnagiri on Wednesday.

At Dharmapuri, Mr. R. Ananthakumar and Superintendent of Police R. Sudhakar inspected the counting centre at Government Arts College along with the election observers on Wednesday.