Government Polytechnic to be counting centre for Tuticorin district

POLL ARRANGEMENTS: The Collector, V. Chandrasekaran (right), and police officials inspecting the counting centre at Government Polytechnic in Tuticorin on Saturday.  

Staff Reporter

Report on selection of venue likely to be sent to Chief Electoral Officer

Tuticorin: The Tuticorin administration has selected Government Polytechnic here as the counting centre for all seven Assembly segments in the district, based on an inspection done by a team led by the Collector, V. Chandrasekaran, at the venue on Friday and Saturday.

A report on the selection of the venue is likely to be sent to the Chief Electoral Officer, Naresh Gupta, on Monday.

Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Chandrasekaran said Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) from all 1,324 polling stations identified for the forthcoming Assembly polls, would be brought to the counting centre either on May 8 night or during the wee hours of May 9, amidst tight police security.

Of the total 1,324 polling stations allotted for the district, 180 were at Vilathikulam, 168 at Ottapidaram, 195 at Kovilpatti, 160 at Satankulam, 194 at Tiruchendur, 169 at Srivaikundam and 258 at Tuticorin, he said.

Special ramps would be established at polling stations for physically challenged voters.

Mr. Chandrasekaran said revenue divisional officers of Tuticorin, Kovilpatti and Tiruchendur had been appointed as returning officers for Tuticorin, Kovilpatti and Tiruchendur segments, respectively.

Similarly, the returning officer for the Vilathikulam constituency would be the district supply officer, and that of Srivaikundam would be the district backward classes welfare officer.

The district adi dravidar welfare officer and the assistant commissioner (excise) would be returning officers for Satankulam and Ottapidaram Assembly segments respectively.

All EVMs brought from different segments would be stored in strong rooms on the polytechnic premises according to the constituencies, till the counting would begin on May 11.

He said seven rooms on the polytechnic premises would be refurbished a bit to facilitate smooth counting of votes, with a room allocated for each of the constituencies.

Mr. Chandrasekaran said the administration was in the process of preparing a bandobust scheme in coordination with the Superintendent of Police, M.K. Aggarwal, to ensure tranquillity on the polling day and till the counting of votes got over.