With less than a day remaining for the counting of ballots polled during the MLC elections of South Graduates’ Constituency on June 9, the Election Commission has made all the necessary arrangements at the counting centre – JSS Arts, Commerce and Science College, here for the counting process.
The counting of votes will commence from 8 am on Monday and the fate of the candidates who had contested the elections will be decided by evening.
Speaking to mediapersons on Saturday, Regional Commissioner (RC) and Election Presiding Officer A M Kunjappa said that the ballot boxes stored in the strong room at the college will be shifted to counting tables at 7.30 am and the sealed boxes will be opened in the presence of candidates, election observers and agents.
20 tables have been arranged for the counting purpose and each table would be observed by two assistants and one supervisor, Kunjappa added. “In all, 303 staff members in various capacities will be part of the process.”
Kunjappa said that any candidate who reaches the quota (total valid votes, divided by two, plus one) first would be declared as winner after obtaining permission from the EC. In case no candidate reaches the quota, second and third preferential votes will be counted, he added.
Tight security measures have been taken by the City Police on counting day. Section 144 of CrPC will be in place in 200 meters radius of the counting centre from 6 am till the completion of counting process.
More than 450 police personnel, including two KSRP and six City Armed Reserve (CAR) platoons, 30 commandoes and six mounted police, two assistant police commissioners, six inspectors, eight sub-inspectors, 14 assistant sub-inspectors, 50 head constables, 100 constables and 18 women police constable will be deputed in and around the counting centre.
Besides, six CCTV cameras installed inside the counting centre will monitor the counting process and the process will also be recorded.
Deputy Commissioner C Shikha, and Deputy Commissioner of Police Dr H T Shekar were present.