For the first time in the political history of Punjab, counting would be videographed minutely on March 6, with every counting table under the scrutiny of central government observers.
Special chief electoral officer (CEO) Usha R Sharma, in town to inaugurate a tech-fest at the local Industrial Training Institute (ITI) on Sunday said this today.
Sharma is also Commissioner of Technical Education and Industrial Training. For each constituency, 14 tables would be laid for counting and in total there would be 52 stations. Previously, videography was conducted at halls where counting of votes took place across the state.
The officer ruled out any foul play in the incidents where electronic voting machines (EVMs) were found beeping in the strong rooms. “It was just a technical glitch,” she said.
Sharma said that the Punjab government was all set to introduce seven new polytechnic colleges in the state to meet the ever-expanding demand for technical education. The department was also starting a course on hospitality management at seven ITIs across the state and Patiala was one of them.
She also laid foundation stone of the building to be constructed for this new course in ITI campus here.
She said Institute Management Committees (IMCs) had been formed at various institutes, and were working well to boost the student-industry interface.
She added that the government had tied-up with companies like Larsen and Toubro, Mahindra & Mahindra, Kirloskar and Trident to provide ITI graduates with jobs and training.