Vijayawada

1,700 staff to be engaged for counting of votes

Figuring it out: Poll staff at a training programme at Machilipatnam on Tuesday.

Figuring it out: Poll staff at a training programme at Machilipatnam on Tuesday.  

Mock exercises conducted to train supervisors and mirco-observers on procedures, postal ballots

The Krishna district authorities has set up two mock vote counting centres at Hindu College and Ambedkar Bhavan at Machilipatnam to train the supervisors and mirco-observers in the methods and stages of counting of votes cast through the postal ballot system and EVMs.

Bandar Revenue Divisional Officer Uday Bhaskar chaired the mock counting session on Tuesday, which was attended by 150 government employees posted for the actual counting exercise.

As many as 34 benches have been arranged at the mock counting centres to avoid confusion and technical glitch during the operation of EVMs during the counting slated for May 23.

“As many as 1,700 employees will be deployed at the two counting centres at Krishna University buildings in Machilipatnam and Vijayawada on May 23,” Mr. Uday Bhaskar said.

VVPAT machines

It is learnt that poor awareness among the election staff on the operation of the VVPAT machines during the election (April 11) led to the delay in the polling in Krishna district.

The mock counting exercise will help the candidates in the fray and representatives of the political parties understand the counting procedure, Mr. Uday Bhaskar added.

The counting staff have been instructed to get their doubts clarified during the training sessions to ensure that counting of votes would be done fairly. The training will be completed by Wednesday.

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