Poll result: Counting halls under video vigil

Police gears up intelligence to preempt violent protests near district centers

SRINAGAR: While the police is gearing up intelligence network to preempt possibilities of resistance from youth on May 16, the day when the votes would be counted, the authorities have set up a multi-tech digital surveillance for at least three centers in South, Central and North Kashmir. The five-phase poll for six parliament seats of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions concluded on May 7.

According to an officer in state electoral office all the election officers have been directed to ensure an ”incident-free” counting. “The counting in three Lok Sabah seats of Kashmir valley will be carried out in 39 halls and each counting station will have video surveillance to watch for any sabotage or wrongdoing,” news-gathering agency KNS quoted an unnamed officer in state electoral office informed. Sources in the election office said ace IT experts have been deployed to lay out a multi-tech video vigilance in at the centers where the votes would be counted. An officer privy to the preparations said, “The experts are working in unison with the Police department.”

According to IGP Kashmir A G Mir, adequate security arrangements have been made for the four stations which include Baramulla, Anantnag, Srinagar and Kargil. “We have made adequate security arrangements to facilitate smooth counting in all these counting stations,” he said.  

The security measures for counting halls and strong-rooms (which hold the Electronic Voting Machines), training sessions for Returning Officers, Assistant Returning Officer and District Electoral Officers for all the four stations have been planned as per the ECI guidelines.  Election officers at the training session would be acquainted with the counting procedures, postal ballot counting and EVM operation, an official related to the exercise said.

The deputy commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Shah, who is also the returning officer for Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, said that the counting of votes for Srinagar-Budgam-Ganderbal parliamentary constituency will take place at 8 AM in SKICC.

“We have created 8 halls with 64 tables for 15 assembly segments of the constituency. We have divided counting for these 15 segments into two sessions. In first session of the counting we will count votes of 8 segments and in second session the counting will be for the other 7 segments,” he said.  

Similarly, in South Kashmir the counting will be carried out at Government Degree College (Boys), Khanabal,  at 8 AM. “We have created 16 halls for 16 assembly segments of the South Kashmir constituency,” Saugat Biswas, Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency said. He said adequate arrangements have been made for the counting procedure.  

In Baramulla the counting will be held at Government Boys Degree College at 8 AM. “We have created 15 counting halls for 15 assembly segments of the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency and adequate arrangements have been made for the counting,” Farooq Ahmad Lone, deputy commissioner Baramulla who is also the returning officer for the North Kashmir parliamentary constituency said.

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