THE DISTRICT administration on Sunday pressed 910 employees into service to do the vote counting work on Monday. Besides, it has made an elaborate security arrangement to avoid any untoward incident during the counting.
The counting that will begin at 8 am may last till late in the evening and the results are expected in the night. However, some results may be announced a little earlier.
Following the directives of the Election Commission videography of the counting will be done. To ensure presence of electricity without interruption, a three-tier arrangement has been made. This includes generators, petromax and battery-operated emergency lights. Entry of MPs and MLAs has been banned and nobody will be allowed to move with gunners. Mundera Mandi, where the counting will take place, has been converted into a fortress.
Section 144 Cr PC has imposed in the city. To meet emergency needs, fire tenders will be stationed on the campus with the health staff to attend to any one falling ill.
Besides cops, the RAF will be deployed to maintain law and order. Two DSPs, ten inspectors, 134 sub-inspectors, 102 head constables, 564 constables and 425 home guards have been pressed into service to keep vigil on the area where the counting will take place.
In Gorakhpur, the administration has made elaborate security arrangements in and around the venue for counting of votes at Mahewa Mandi.
The counting for seven town areas of the district, eight town areas and two nagar palika parishad of Deoria district, seven town areas of Kushinagar district and four town areas along with one Nagar Palika parishad of Maharajganj district will be counted at respective tehsil headquarters and district collectorates.
The training of employees for counting of votes was completed on Saturday under the chairmanship of returning officer and district magistrate Dr Hariom. The employees have been directed to reach their allotted counting enclosures and their counting table before time at Mahewa Mandi.