Andhra Pradesh

Make foolproof arrangementsfor counting of votes: CS

L.V. Subrahmanyam

L.V. Subrahmanyam  

He holds video conference with Collectors, SPs

Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam on Wednesday instructed District Collectors and Superintendents of Police to make foolproof arrangements for counting of votes on May 23 in accordance with the guidelines of Election Commission of India (ECI). He ordered that priority be given to proper training for the counting staff to ensure that there were no major problems.

Addressing Collectors and SPs through a video conference on the counting of votes, drinking water facility to be provided during summer and other issues on Wednesday, Mr. Subrahmanyam said tight security should be provided at the counting centres and along the routes through which Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be transported. All efforts should be made to avert clashes during counting and the subsequent days, he stated.

Director-General of Police R.P. Thakur said the elections were by and large peaceful in spite of the shortage of security forces compared to the availability in 2014.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi said elections were conducted in a relatively peaceful manner and it was evident from the increase in polling percentage in the Maoist-affected areas.

The CEO said a State-level workshop on the counting of votes would be held in the first week of May and Collectors were asked to set up media centres in all polling centres.

Mr. Subrahmanyam suggested to Collectors to promptly respond to issues related to drinking water supply and fodder availability even though the Model Code of Conduct was in force, as part of ‘continuous administration’ and paucity of funds if any should be taken to the notice of Secretary (Finance).

Principal Secretary (Home) A.R. Anuradha, additional DGP (L&O) Ravi Shankar Ayyanar, Secretary (General Administration) N. Srikant, Additional CEO Sujatha Sarma and Joint CEO D. Markandeyulu were among those present.

‘Exceeded brief’

The Telugu Desam took exception to the CS convening the meeting. Party leader Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said Mr. Subrahmanyam’s reported comments against the welfare schemes were meaningless. Party leader Jupudi Prabhakar said the CS was overstepping his position and questioning the Cabinet decisions. Also, it was the duty of the CEO to make necessary arrangements for the counting but not the CS.

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