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Lok Sabha Election 2024: Counting to take place at 117 centres across Punjab: Sibin C

Strong room security ensured by double lock system and CCTV surveillance

Three-tier security established around counting centres

Anil Bhardwaj

Chandigarh, June 3

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Punjab, Sibin C, has informed that the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha Elections will commence at 8:00 AM on 4 June, 2024. A total of 64 counting observers, drawn from All India Services and Civil Services cadre of various states, will oversee the counting process. These experienced officials have been tasked with ensuring that the counting of votes is conducted transparently, efficiently, and in strict adherence to the guidelines of the Election Commission of India.

Divulging the details about counting centres, Sibin C said that a total of 117 counting centres have been established in the state, in 48 buildings and at 27 locations. While most of these locations are situated in district headquarters, 7 locations are outside district headquarters, including Ajnala, Baba Bakala, Abohar, Malout, Dhuri, Chhokra Rahon-Nawan Shahr and Khooni Majra (Kharar), he added. He further informed that the counting will not be conducted at the district headquarters in Sangrur and Nawan Shahr.

The CEO stated that the security of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the strong rooms at these counting centres has been given utmost priority. These strong rooms are secured with a double lock system and are under continuous CCTV surveillance. Representatives of political parties and authorized personnel can monitor the security through LED screens placed outside each strong room, displaying live footage of the surroundings. Additionally, a visitor register is maintained by on-duty personnel to record all visits and an official conducts daily inspections to ensure compliance with all protocols.

Regarding the security of the counting centres, Sibin C apprised that a comprehensive three-tier security system has been implemented around the counting centres. Access to the counting centres has been strictly restricted, with only accredited individuals allowed entry. The counting centres are equipped with CCTV cameras for extensive monitoring. Additionally, Quick response teams are in place to manage any incidents promptly, ensuring the integrity of the electoral process.

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