KERALA

Bypoll results to be out by noon

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The results of the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha byelection will be announced by Tuesday noon, District Collector N. Ayyappan has said.

After visiting the counting centres in the city to assess the arrangements on Monday, Mr. Ayyappan said that the counting of votes would begin at 8 a.m., starting with postal ballots. As many as 1,600 postal ballots had been despatched by election officials.

Simultaneous counting

The postal as well as the other votes would be counted simultaneously. The district administration had made all preparations to complete the counting of votes smoothly.

Mr. Ayyappan said that the votes in the seven Assembly segments would be counted at the following centres in the constituency: Thiruvananthapuram North (Mar Ivanios College), West (Government Teacher Training Institute, Manacaud), East (Swati Tirunal Music College), Nemom (Government Higher Secondary School, Balaramapuram), Kovalam (Government Girls' Higher Secondary School, Neyyatinkara), Neyyatinkara (Government Boys' Higher Secondary School, Neyyatinkara), Parassala (Government Girls' High School, Parassala).

Election authorities had issued photo-identity cards to the agents and those without identity cards would not be permitted to enter counting stations.

There would be 14 tables at each counting station. Two officials would be in charge of each table, Mr. Ayyappan said.

The rounds for counting had been fixed on the basis of the number of booths in each segment.

There were 120 to 170 booths in each segment. The following are the details: North-13, West-10, East-9, Nemom-12, Kovalam-12, Neyyatinkara-12, Parassala-11.

There are six tables at the Collectorate for counting postal votes. One officer would be in charge of a table. The seal of the control units of the electronic voting machines would be opened in the presence of agents. A holiday had been declared on Tuesday for the institutions housing counting centres.

As many as 150 police personnel would be deployed under a DySP at the counting centres in rural areas and 250 policemen in the city under an Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Ayyappan said.

Media centre

Elaborate arrangements had been made at the Collectorate also for providing the result to the media.

The progress in counting would be intimated at the media centre through a hotline at the control room. The National Informatics Centre would provide results using the Trend software.

Fax and telephone facilities too had been provided at the media centre, Mr. Ayyappan said.