Bongaigaon: The District Election Officer, Chirang on Wednesday started training for Counting Officials, that include Counting Supervisors and Counting Assistants, in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The officials, who are engaged in the task of vote counting on May 23 in respect of 31- Sidli (ST) Assembly segment under 5- Kokrajhar (ST) Parliamentary Constituency, underwent training on the intricacies of vote counting and its process as per the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.
The officials were trained through Power Point Presentation by the master trainers on how to handle the electronic voting machine (EVM), Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), counting of votes, tabulation and data entry, counting of postal ballot and Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) and others do’s and don’ts during the counting process.
Addressing the trainees, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer, Chirang, Gautam Talukdar, briefed about the important guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI) that needs to be followed on the day of counting, including security and other arrangements in and around the counting centre and the duties and responsibilities of the officials involved in counting duty on the day of counting of votes.
He also enlightened the officials about the compilation of round-wise results and communication and uploading the results through ‘Suvidha App’. He also informed that there would be 18 counting supervisors, 18 counting assistants and 20 micro-observers for counting of votes in 14 tables arranged in a hall of the UN Brahma College, Kajalgaon. He told them to take utmost precaution before announcing the number of votes that a candidate has garnered after every round. “Only after you are fully convinced that it is right should you announce the figures,” he said.
The officials were intimated that counting would commence at 8.00am and the whole counting process would be carried out in presence of the General Observer, Assistant Returning Officer and candidates or their election agents of all political parties of the district. The training programme was also attended by ADC (Election) Biswajit Goswami, Election Officer Jagadish Brahma and Assistant Commissioner Ringkhang Mushahary.
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