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EC briefing for counting agents, contestants

chandigarh Updated: May 10, 2014 23:24 IST
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Election Commission of India

Ahead of the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission of India (EC) has asked its all state headquarter offices to organise an orientation briefing of all contesting candidates, their election agents and counting agents at district headquarters by the returning officer of the parliamentary constituency concerned by involving state-level master trainer (SLMT).

Stating this here, Punjab additional CEO Raminder Singh said according to the communiqué received from the EC, the ROs have been directed that the candidates, their election agents and counting agents should be briefed about all the legal provisions, transparency measures and logistic arrangements, including appointment and revocation of counting agents, discipline and decorum at counting centres.

They would also be required to cooperate with security personnel deployed at the counting centres, noting down of the counting trends, including providing photocopies of round-wise trends noted by the counting staff.

He said the EC has also asked the CEO to obtain necessary report of conduct of orientation/briefing from the returning officer concerned mentioning the venue, date, duration of training, name and designation of trainer, including that of RO, immediately after conclusion of training.

He said as per EC instructions regarding counting, copies of all videography and CCTV recordings of the entire counting process may be supplied to each candidate, election and counting agent on the same day after the declaration of result on demand and payment.