General election vote count begins amidst tight security

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General election vote count begins amidst tight security

General election vote count begins amidst tight security

Sandhya   ¦    May 16, 2014 07:00:00 AM (IST)

Newskarnataka - Mangalore/ Udupi

Mangalore/ Udupi: Amid tight security, the polling officials in Karnataka on Friday MAy 16 counted the votes polled for the state's 28 Lok Sabha seats in Mangalore and Udupi. 

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Polling in the state was held in a single phase for the first time in many years. Around 67 percent of the 46 million electorate exercised their democratic right on April 17. 

Re-polling was held April 29 in 12 booths spread over nine parliamentary constituencies due to glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs). 

Each counting centre will have 64 tables and each table will be manned by three officials, including a counting supervisor and two assistants. A micro-observer will monitor the entire process in the presence of one agent from each candidate's side.

Likewise officials were trained to activate the EVMs and record votes stored and announce the numbers to micro-observers. The state poll panel had installed closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in all centres to record the proceedings and ensure transparency in the exercise. 

The counting centres are under heavy guard with personnel from the state and central security forces. Police have banned parking of vehicles in a 1-km radius around all counting centres in the state and vehicular movement will be restricted/regulated to prevent traffic jams and crowding. 

Bangalore North, Mandya, Mysore, Hassan, Chikkaballapur, Shimoga, Gulbarga, Uduip-Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada and Bellary are some other important seats.

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