Mangaluru, May 18, 2019: In DK and Udupi a month has passed since the Lok Sabha elections were held in the districts now. With only a week to go for the counting of votes, final preparations have started.
The votes of 8 Legislative Assemblies of Dakshina Kannada district will be counted at NITK premises in Suathkal. The votes of the Assemblies within Udupi-Chikkamagaluru Lok Sabha constituency will be counted at the counting centre at St Cecilys School near Brahmagiri in Udupi city. Training in connection to the counting of votes has been conducted and was provided by state level trainers. This time, there are more EVMs compared with VVPATs and hence, importance has been given to this during the training.
The calculations on who might win have also begun. For the first time, vote counting of DK constituency is being held outside the city limits. In 2009, the counting was held at Canara College premises. The high vehicular density observed there then, the counting of 2014 was shifted to Mahatma Gandhi Composite PU College at Bondel.
The strong room at Udupi’s St Cecilys school is guarded by CRPF and the local police. The Deputy Commissioner, SP and senior police officials are conducting daily inspection. Training regarding the counting of votes and meeting on police protection have already been done. It has been decided to provide even more security to the vote counting centres,” informed Sasikanth Senthil S, DC DK
Special training was provided to DC Senthil and ADC Venkatachalapathy in Bengaluru in connection to the counting of votes. Both of them had visited Bengaluru for the training. A day long training was conducted in Bengaluru regarding the counting of votes for all district election officers in the state.