In spite of directions from the ECI to preserve the EVMs for each constituency at one place, the state CEO preserved these at 31 locations. Already, 1 8 central observers are in Punjab to over see the campaigning expenditure. Two each will over see counting in five sensitive constituencies ( Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Bathinda and Patiala) and one each in the rest of the eight seats.
“We have asked for 13 more to have 31 main observers, each in charge of a separate centre. Besides, we will have 86 micro observers supervising assembly-constituency-wise counting,” said Punjab additional chief electoral of ficer (CEO) Raminder Singh. The results are expected to be out by noon.
The central government employees in the railways, banking, revenue services and other allied sectors will be micro observers. Before the machine votes, postal ballots will be counted. Central paramilitary forces (CMP) guard the EVMs kept in sealed strong rooms.