Bihar gears up for counting day


* Face masks mandatory to enter counting centres

* 55 counting centres

* 78 CAPF cos, CCTVs

Patna, November 8

The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes on November 10 for the Bihar Assembly poll as the state awaits results of a closely-fought election.

The poll panel said it has set up a total of 55 counting centres, housing 414 halls, spread across all 38 districts of the state that voted in three phases on October 28, November 3 and November 7.

The maximum three counting centres each have been set up in four districts of East Champaran (which has 12 assembly constituencies), Gaya (10 constituencies), Siwan (eight constituencies) and Begusarai (seven). Rest other districts either have one or two counting centres each.

Considering the fact that Covid is raging in the state, steps have been taken to ensure that the Covid guidelines are strictly followed during the counting. Face masks will be mandatory for entering the counting centres besides sanitisers will be kept in adequate quantity there. In the state capital Patna, votes for all the 14 Assembly constituencies will be counted at just one centre set up at AN College. The poll panel said it is readying 30 counting halls at the college.

Bihar Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivasa said the Election Commission has established a three-tier security system for strong rooms (housing the electronic voting machines) and the counting centres.

The inner core is being guarded by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), then there is the Bihar Military Police (BMP) and then the district police, he told reporters. “We have deployed 19 companies of CAPF just for the security of the strong rooms and counting centres. Besides, we have 59 CAPF companies to ensure law and order during and in the aftermath of the counting process,” he said. — PTI 

Three-tier security

  • Bihar Chief Electoral Officer HR Srinivasa said the EC has established a three-tier security system for strong rooms (housing the Electronic Voting Machines) and the counting centres.
  • The inner core is being guarded by the Central Armed Police Forces, then there is the Bihar Military Police (and then the district police, he stated.



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