PUDUCHERRY: District Election Officer (DEO) and District Collector P Jawahar, IAS, said two centers will be set up to have a smooth and prompt counting process after the assembly polls scheduled to be held on May 16.
Speaking to reporters after inspecting the venues , he said Bharathidasan Government College for Women and Women’s Polytechnic College at Lawspet will be be centres for counting of 23 constitencies in Puducherry. (The five constituencies of Karaikal will be counted at a Center there while the constituencies of Mahe and Yanam will have centers in the respective enclaves itself)
He said the decision for two centers was taken as per the directions of the Chief Election Officer, Dr V Candavelou, to avoid congestion and to facilitate the smooth and prompt counting of votes to be held on May 19.
Giving details, Jawahar said the constituencies under Returning Officers (Ros) of 4, 6, 7 and 8 will be held at Bharathidasan Government College for Women while under the ROs 1,2,3 and 5 will be held at Women’s Polytechnic College at Lawspet.
The details of constituencies at Bharathidasan Government College for Women (read under RO number, No and name of Constituency) are RO 4 ( 10- Kamarajar Nagar, 13- Muthialpet, 14-Rajbhavan), RO 6 (15-Ouppalam, 16-Orleanpet, 18- Mudaliarpet), RO 7 (17-Nellithope, 19-Ariyankuppam, 20-Manvely), RO 8 21- Embalam, 22- Nettapakkam (reserved) and 23-Bahour).
Women’s Polytechnic College at Lawspet : RO 1 (01-Mannadipet, 02-Thirubhuvanai (R), 03- Ossudu (R), RO 2 (04-Mangalam, 05-Villianur, 06-Ozhukarai), RO 3 (07- Kadirkamam, 08-Indira Nagar, 09-Thattanchavady), RO 5 (11-Lawspet, 12-Kalapet).
Jawahar said In the last assembly and Parliament elections, the votes were counted only at the Bharathidasan Government College for Women and then itself the need for two centers were felt.
The DEO, who assumed charge only on Monday evening, said a formal request will be sent the Election Commission of India seeking the approval.
Jawahar has inspected the Centres along with S Thammu Ganapathy, Nodal Officer (Counting) and other officials of the Election Department.
Instructions were issued to the Departments of Public Works, Electricity, Police, Information and technology, Fire service and Municipalities to prepare the counting centers as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.
The Counting Centers will be used for preparation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the presence of political parties representatives, storage of the polled EVMs in the Strong Room and for counting purpose.
The counting centers will come under the direct control of the Election Department after April 14.