Odisha To Have 63 Counting Centres For Polls-2019 Results

Bhubaneswar: While the two-day orientation-cum-training workshop before the counting of votes are underway here for the Returning Officers (ROs) of both the Assembly Constituencies (ACs) and Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs), Odisha Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) today informed that 63 Vote Counting Centres have been set up across the State for the results of the General Elections-2019.  

Briefing media on the sidelines of the two-day training and preparation sessions, Odisha CEO Surendra Kumar informed, “About 63 counting centres have been set up across the State for the results of General Elections 2019.

The CEO also informed, “Today is our second day training programme. Yesterday, nearly 65 Returning Officers (RO) from 14 districts were imparted training. There are total 115 Returning Officers [both RO of Parliamentary Constituencies (PCs) and ROs of Assembly Constituencies (ACs)]. Today the Returning Officers and Collectors of rest of the 16 districts are being imparted training.”

He added, “The Service Voter Postal Ballot of Assembly Constituency will be taken care by the Assembly Constituency RO. The Postal Ballot including Service Voter of the Parliamentary Constituency will be taken care by the RO of the PC. It will not be done at the ES.”

The CEO further informed, “Training is being imparted on the Do’s and Don’ts, randomization of counting personnel, their method of appointment and the concerned forms to be filled up for their further training, counting process, protocols during any problem, etc.”

“There are very clear guidelines issued by the Election Commission on VCB (VVPAT Counting Booth). The counter will be built like the Teller Counter of a bank. The aim and objective is that the VVPAT slip shouldn’t fly away at any cost nor be misplaced. Keeping it I view, we have here created a model so that the ROs being imparted training here will get an idea on the required design of the counting halls,” stated he.