Udupi, May 15, 2018: Udupi DC Priyanka Mary Francis said that arrangements for counting have been made at T A Pai English Medium School and the results are expected by high noon.
Interacting cordially with media May 14, Monday, the Udupi DC said that counting of votes would begin immediately after the counting of postal ballots which would take half an hour. The strong room would be opened at 7.45 am and the processing of works will begin at around 7.55 am, she said.
Francis added that the counting of postal ballots is expected to get over by 8.30 am. Electronically transmitted postal ballots would reach the counting centre by 7 am on Tuesday. There are 155 service voters who were issued electronically transmitted postal ballots. After the counting of all the Assembly constituencies, lottery system would be followed to pick one VVPAT each in the constituencies for counting. Hence, the announcements of results might be delayed, she stated.
Udupi DC said that if the counting of ballots in VVPATs fails to match the already counted with respective EVM ballots, the Election Commission should take a call. If any party requests recounting, the returning officer, based on the evidence would decide over the issue.
The deputy commissioner said that victory celebrations with bursting of crackers is banned. There are 18 rounds for Byndoor, 16 each for Kundapur and Udupi and 15 each for Karkala and Kaup. Altogether, 300 staff members will be working, of whom, 90 will be counting supervisors and assistants. As many as 90 micro observers have been appointed. As many as 30 people are pressed into work for tabulation and accumulating the counting details.
Turnout : The Udupi DC added that in the polling station set up exclusively by the specially challenged, the voting percentage was 87.26% when compared to 85.51% in 2013 at Thekatte. As many as 2,851 out of 8,176 specially challenged voters exercised their franchise.
As many as 3,871 female voters and 3,461 male voters cast their votes at ten pink polling booths in the district. As many as 1,016 male and 1,029 female voters cast their votes at three ethnic polling booths. Section 144 has been clamped from May 16 from 6 am to May 17 6 am.
Sale of crackers and liquor is banned till 12 midnight on May 15.
Separate rooms have been arranged which includes room number 23 for Byndoor Assembly constituency, room number 14 for Kundapur, room number 13 for Udupi, room number 11 for Kaup and room number 24 for Karkala Assembly constituency.
She added that round-wise counting details will be displayed at eciresults.nic.in.