2019 Odisha polls: Training for returning officers on vote counting begins today

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Bhubaneswar: Training for personnel to be deployed on duty to count votes of the 2019 general elections held in the state in April began today at Gita Govinda Sadan in Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar.

In the programme, the district collectors who are also the Returning officers and other staffers including additional Sub-Collector will be trained on the precautions to be taken and the rules and regulations to be followed during the counting.

At least 49 Returning Officers of 79 parliamentary constituencies under 11 districts participated in the first phase of a training workshop for counting of votes held today. The training camp for the returning officers will continue until tomorrow.

A total of 70 Returning Officers from 15 districts will be given training at the two-day long independent model vote counting centre at Jaydev Bhawan in the state capital. The training is scheduled to start from 9 am till 5 pm.

Following this, the trained personnel will demonstrate the same to the local personnel in a district level training camp to be held from May 15 to May 18.

Counting of votes is the last phase of any election process. As per rules, the counting of votes is done under the supervision and direction of the Returning Officer of the Constituency.

The counting of votes will begin on May 23 for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections held in Odisha.

While a three-tier-security system has been deployed at all the strong rooms across the state, the same will be provided for the counting, sources said.

Besides this, keeping in view the prevailing heat wave conditions, each vote-counting centre will be provided with air conditioners (AC), informed the CEO Surendra Kumar.

Counting of votes will consume more time this time as ‘on a random basis 5 booths will be selected and counting will be held on a sequential basis’, added the CEO.

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