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146 counting halls in Assam

Elaborate security measures have been taken in the 146 counting halls which will announce the fate of 158 candidates for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam on Saturday.

india Updated: May 15, 2009 21:28 IST

Elaborate security measures have been taken in the 146 counting halls which will announce the fate of 158 candidates for 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam on Saturday.

State's chief electoral officer Himanta Narzary told reporters in Guwahati on Friday that strict security measures had been taken to ensure trouble-free counting.

Narzary said 6,500 officials would be involved in the counting of votes and the exercise was expected to be over within six hours.

The counting halls spread over 48 locations throughout the state will have one election observer for each spot.

For the first time in the state one micro observer will be on duty in every counting hall some of which will have close circuit televisions and video recordings.

The CEO made it clear that no MLAs or MPs will be allowed entry into the counting halls and only the contesting candidates will have access to the area.

"Only four persons can accompany the winning candidate to collect the documents from the counting halls", he said.