Mangaluru, May 14 2018: The counting of votes polled during the May 12 Assembly elections in all the eight constituencies of Dakshina Kannada district will be held on May 15, Tuesday at the Mahatma Gandhi Centenary Higher Primary School / Composite Pre-University College, Bondel.
A security zone is in place by erecting fences within the 100 meter radius from the counting centre where the EVMs/VVPATs are placed in the strong room. Police personnel are deployed at the entrance of the counting centre and all officials and staff deputed for counting process will be permitted after due verification of their identity cards.
The 2nd stage security at the centre of the compound of the counting centre has armed security personnel who will ensure that individuals entering the counting centre do not have any banned things or inflammable materials with them.
Mobile phones, I Pads, laptop and other electronic equipment, audio, video recordings are banned inside the centre. The journalists can use their cameras and other electronic equipment only in the media room. The third stage of security will be at the very entrance of the counting centre.
At 8 am, the counting of votes polled through postal ballots and ETPBS will be held following which the votes polled through EVMs will be counted.
As there were a total of 1858 polling booths in the district, there will be maximum 18 rounds of counting. Webcasting facility and CCTVs are installed in the counting room.
Section 144 imposed : In order to ensure law and order during counting, prohibitory orders under Section 144 have been imposed in the district from 12 midnight on May 14 till 8 pm on May 16. Sale of liquor has also been banned from May 14, 6 am till midnight on May 15. Violators are liable to be sentenced to a jail term of six month or a fine of Rs 2000 or both, says a press communique from the DC office.
Total number of votes polled in DK
The Election Commission has revised voter turnout data in Saturday’s elections to the Assembly wherein 78.42% of voters came to exercise their franchise in Dakshina Kannada and 78.85% in Udupi districts as against Saturday evening’s figures of 77.63 % and 78 %, respectively.
Voters turned up in large numbers compared to the 2013 Assembly as well as the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in both these districts. While 77.18 % voters had exercised their franchise in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in Dakshina Kannada, 76.13 % voters cast their votes in Udupi district.
Belthangady constituency in Dakshina Kannada, where five-term MLA K. Vasanth Bangera is testing his luck for the sixth time on Congress ticket, has witnessed maximum increase in voter turnout. While the constituency had witnessed 75.48 % voters exercising franchise in the 2013 Assembly polls, 76.75 % voters turned out in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, on Saturday, 81.5 % voters came out to vote in the 2018 Assembly polls, an increase of 6 % over the 2013 Assembly election.
Similarly, Kaup in Udupi district witnessed the highest increase in voter turnout vis-a-vis the 2013 Assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Saturday’s polls for the 2018 Assembly elections witnessed 78.51 % turnout as against 73.29 % in 2013 and 76.58 % in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.