All Eyes on Yercaud Poll Verdict - The New Indian Express

All Eyes on Yercaud Poll Verdict

Published: 08th December 2013 06:57 AM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 06:57 AM

All parties in the State anxiously await the result of the Yercaud bypoll, where the two major Dravidian parties are in a direct contest, to be announced on Sunday as it will be a forerunner to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the counting of votes that is scheduled to begin at 8 am on Sunday at the CSI Polytechnic College in Hasthampati. The counting will be done in the presence of the Election Observer Ravi Prakash Arora, Collector and Election Officer K Maharabushanam and the Retuning Officer T Sabapathy. All the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been kept under a three-tier security in the college.

According to K Maharabushanam, the votes would be counted on 14 tables. Three counting personnel would be assigned for each table, including a micro observer, a supervisor and an assistant. A maximum of 20 rounds of counting would be held in the 14 tables and 21st round would be held in 10 tables, he said and added that postal votes would be counted first, before the process in the EVMs begins.

The counting staff have been explained about the technicalities involved in the process and the codes and procedures to be observed. An elaborate list of dos and don’ts has also been issued to them. Further, mobile phones, writing tools, food or refreshments would be not be allowed inside. All the personnel have been instructed to be present at the counting centre two hours ahead of the commencement of the process.

Each of the 11 candidates, including the AIADMK, DMK and independents, would be allowed to send one agent, who have been issued identity cards and allotted seats, to the counting hall. These agents also should not carry sharp instruments, food, refreshments or tobacco products inside the centre. They have been asked to take up any issue related to counting with the Returning Officer.

As part of the security measures, a total of 186 personnel, drafted from Central Industrial Security Force, Central Reserve Force and Tamil Nadu Special Police have been deployed at the counting centre. The Salem City Police have been posted outside the college. Collector, and Police Commissioner have been visiting the centre ever since the EVMs were brought on December 4. The results of the first round of the counting would be out by 10 am.

Cancel By-election

Meanwhile, in a letter written to the Election Commission (EC), MDMK general secretary Vaiko on Friday sought to cancel the already held by-election to Yercaud constituency since there were allegations about large scale money distribution to voters ahead of polling.

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