The Ghaziabad district administration will deploy around 600 police and para military personnel for security and another 500 personnel for vote counting on March 11 when the election results are to be announced. The three-tier security will comprise Central paramilitary forces along with police who will ensure safety and security and will not allow any ‘victory procession’ by winning candidates.
According to officials, the counting, which will start at 8:30am, will take up the entire day and will be done in 30 rounds for each of the five assembly segments of the district. The fate of 53 contesting candidates is sealed in 2,494 electronic voting machines (EVMs) kept at Govindpuram grain market.
“There will be an absolute ban on any victory procession by candidates or their supporters. They will be escorted back home after declaration of results. A total of 14 counting tables will be setup for Loni, Murad Nagar, Ghaziabad and Modi Nagar while 28 tables will be set up for the Sahibabad constituency during the counting,” said Nidhi Kesarwani, district magistrate and district election officer.
The counting will start with the postal ballots and thereafter the EVMs will be opened in the presence of observers.
On February 11, the day of voting, the five constituencies of Ghaziabad district recorded an average of 55.8% polling, with Modi Nagar constituency recording the highest at 62.92% . Yet again, Sahibabad fared badly and could muster only 49.25% voting, despite hectic voter awareness campaigns by the administration.
Ghaziabad district has 24,97,069 eligible voters out of which 13,93,394 cast their votes. These include 7,90,600 men and 6,02,788 women voters apart from six from the ‘others’ category.
The trends after each round of counting will be displayed at the media centre in the Govindpuram counting centre. The data will also be uploaded to a software connected to the Election Commission of India website.
“We will have two companies of Central paramilitary forces deployed in the district till the end of Holi (on March 13). Strict action will be taken against those involved in any anti-social activity and those who even try to disrupt the counting process,” said Deepak Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ghaziabad.
A total of 53 candidates contested the election from the district, including six from Loni, 14 from Murad Nagar, 11 from Sahibabad, 13 from Ghaziabad city and nine from Modi Nagar assembly constituencies.