Counting halls up by 200 due to Covid norms nearly
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NEW DELHI: Beginning 8am on Sunday, the counting of votes for the 822 Assembly seats unfold throughout West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry will happen at 2,364 counting halls following the Covid-19 protocols, the Election Commission (EC) stated on Saturday.
In 2016, the whole variety of counting halls was 1,002. The over-200-per cent enhance is because of the distancing norms being adopted by the ballot panel to curb the unfold of the coronavirus.
West Bengal can have the utmost variety of 1,113 counting halls, Kerala 633, Assam 331, Tamil Nadu 256 and Puducherry 31, the EC stated.
Another cause the fee has attributed to the rise within the variety of counting halls is the soar within the determine of postal ballots used within the 5 meeting polls.
“The commission’s measures to extend the postal ballot facilities to the electors in the categories of senior citizens (those above 80 years), people with disabilities and those affected by the coronavirus witnessed an increase of 400 per cent in the number of postal ballots (from 2.97 lakh in 2016 to 13.16 lakh in 2021) in the four states and a Union territory,” it stated.
The fee has designated 822 returning officers and greater than 7,000 assistant returning officers for the aim of counting of votes within the 4 states and the Union territory of Puducherry.
Nearly 95,000 counting officers, together with micro-observers, will carry out the duty of counting.
No candidates or their brokers can be allowed contained in the counting halls with out a unfavorable coronavirus report, in accordance with the newest result-day tips issued by the EC.
According to the data obtained from the state chief electoral officers (CEOs), the contesting candidates have given the main points of practically 1.5 lakh counting brokers (together with substitutes) within the 4 states and the UT.
More than 90 per cent of them have already undergone RTPCR or RAT assessments. The remaining are being supplied with the check facility by the district election officers on Saturday.
Test studies from any authorised laboratory would even be accepted, the EC stated.
This can be being adopted for the counting of votes within the bypolls held to Lok Sabha and meeting seats throughout the nation.
The media authorised by the fee to cowl the counting course of can be being facilitated with coronavirus assessments. Around 12,000 mediapersons have been given the authority to cowl the counting.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra reviewed the counting preparations with senior EC officers and the CEOs of the 4 states and the UT at a digital assembly on Saturday.
He directed that every one laid-down directions of the EC should be adhered to. He additionally directed that the counting halls should be absolutely Covid tips compliant.
The CEC complimented the CEOs for a profitable completion of polling within the difficult conditions of the pandemic.

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