UP polls: EVM strongrooms under police, CCTV surveillance in Noida

EVMs are guarded by UP police personnel and CISF and kept under CCTV surveillance. Results for UP polls are to be announced on March 11

noida Updated: Mar 03, 2017 23:16 IST
Kapil Datta
Kapil Datta
Hindustan Times
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UP police and CISF personnel have been deployed at the flower market where EVMs are stored.(HT Photo)

The district administration has made proper security arrangements at the strongrooms at the flower market counting centre in Noida where electronic voting machines (EVMs) are kept. The administration has provided a lot of police bandobast and CCTV cameras to cover the entire area.

Voting for three assembly constituencies — Noida, Jewar and Dadri — of Gautam Budh Nagar district for the UP state assembly elections was held on February 11 and the results are to be announced on March 11.

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A visit to the site at the defunct flower market on Friday revealed that the area has been heavily barricaded. Uttar Pradesh police personnel were manning the main entry gates and the EVM strongrooms were guarded by personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

A total of 16 CCTV cameras have been installed in the area. One camera each has been installed at gate numbers 4 and 5, one for the gallery and one for the overall front view of the strongroom area.

For Jewar’s EVMs, four cameras have been installed for the six strongrooms allotted, with one camera covering two strongrooms each.

Similarly, four CCTV cameras have been installed for Noida assembly’s strongrooms. One camera covers strongrooms 1 and 2 and three other cameras are installed at strongrooms 3,4 and 5.

Another four CCTV cameras have been set up for the four strongrooms set aside for Dadri’s EVMs.

Footage from all CCTV cameras is visible at a monitor at the CCTV control room in the area where round the clock vigil is being kept. Agents of political parties and candidates can see the view from the 16 cameras at the monitor. One can also zoom into a particular camera to view it on full screen.

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Additional district magistrate (ADM) Kumar Vineet, who is also the deputy district election officer of Gautam Budh Nagar, said on Friday, “Strict vigil is being maintained at the strongrooms where EVMs have been kept. Agents of political parties have been given space with proper tents and chairs where they can sit and keep a check if they want. The CCTV control room is accessible to them at any time of the day. They can even check it at night. Adequate police and Central forces are manning the area and providing foolproof security. Sector magistrates are making rounds continuously. District magistrate NP Singh too visits the site and supervises the arrangements.”

First Published: Mar 03, 2017 23:16 IST