The counting of votes for the assembly election will begin at 8 am on Sunday and is likely to conclude by 2 pm. The entire process will be monitored by security personnel, observers from Election Commission and local authorities.
“The counting will start at 8 am with that of postal ballots followed by EVM ballots half an hour later. We expect the trends to start coming in by 12 pm and counting to conclude by 2 pm,” said district election officer Akash Tripathi.
Counting supervisors and assistant supervisors will be deployed at each table to keep a close watch on the proceedings.
“Separate rooms have been designated for each constituency and counting of 14 EVMs will be done in each round. Maximum number of rounds will be carried out for Indore-5 constituency which has maximum number of booths,” said Tripathi.
The observers will verify result of every round and a copy of result of each round will be provided to agents of political parties and candidates present at the venue.
The authorities have made elaborate security arrangements for the counting. Around 600 police personnel including CISF jawans have been deployed at Nehru stadium.
DIG Rakesh Gupta said a three-tier security system has been put in place for counting. “In the outer cordon, barricades have been placed around Nehru stadium which will be manned by teams of district police. The middle cordon, inside the stadium, will have security personnel from State Armed Force (SAF) and district police. The CISF personnel will be the part of inner cordon to guard strong rooms where EVMs are kept,” said Gupta.
The entry to the stadium has been regulated. Counting agents of Indore 1, Depalpur, Rau, Indore -3 and Mhow constituencies will be permitted to enter from gate 1 which is the main gate of the stadium. The agents from Indore -2, Indore 4, Indore -5 and Sanwer will be allowed to enter from gate number 2 (Jaal Godrej gate) . In case the agents leave the stadium while counting is still on, they won’t be allowed re-enter.
“Passes have been issued to every person and anyone without a pass will not be allowed into the stadium. Mobile phones and inflammable items have been prohibited inside the stadium,” said Gupta.
Security arrangements have also been made at tehsil headquarters and other locations like Rajwada where the trends will be announced simultaneously.