Over 8,000 Polling officers assigned to count EVM votes in the State

More than 8,000 polling officers would be involved in the process of counting of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) votes in Rajasthan. On May 23rd, the day scheduled for the announcement of the results.

Credits: The Sentinel

Around 2,700 tables are being arranged for the counting of EVM votes across the state. “At each table, there would be three officials. About 600 more officials would be engaged in the counting of postal ballots across the state,” said an official.

The maximum rounds of vote counting would be done in Ghatol assembly constituency in Banswara (32 Rounds) and lowest would be in Bhadra assembly constituency in Churu (13 Rounds). In the state capital Jaipur, 122 counting tables would be set up on the day of counting at the Commerce College and for Jaipur Rural, 115 counting tables would be placed at Rajasthan College.

“We will organize training sessions for the counting staff on 20th May. We will carry out the second randomization process of the counting staff in two batches, one from 10 a.m. To 12.30 p.m. and the other one would be from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.” stated the Jaipur Collector and District Election Officer (DEO) Jagroop Singh Yadav. “On May 21, we will have a live demonstration of the counting process ahead of the counting day,” the collector added.

200 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) and Vote Counting Booths (VCBs) will be placed at 25 counting centers across the state for random matching of VVPAT slips with EVM machines on the counting day. After the casting of votes, the EVM machines, which are tallied with VVPAT slips, are selected by a draw of lots in presence of the candidates. The Supreme Court has directed the Election Commission to increase the verification of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one booth per assembly segment to five for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, for better voter confidence and credibility of the electoral process.

News Source: TOI