The district administration has made all arrangements at counting centers for counting of votes to be held today. As many as 400 employees have been deputed for the counting process, which will be carried out at Government Polytechnic College at Khoonimajra village in Kharar.
The Election Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said vote counting of Mohali and Kharar assembly segments will take place at Government Polytechnic College as both the segments fall under Anandpur Sahib parliamentary constituency. Counting of Derabassi assembly segment will take place at Punjabi University in Patiala as the segment falls under Patiala parliamentary constituency.”
“The counting of 256 polling booths of Kharar and 234 polling booths of Mohali will take place at Khoonimajra, while that of 259 polling booths of Derabassi will take place in Patiala under strict security arrangements. The entire area around the polytechnic college has been made a vehicle-free zone and no person can enter college premises without having an entry pass issued by a competent authority,” DC Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said, adding that the mobile phones will also not be allowed inside counting centers.
She added that as many as 400 employees have been deputed for counting of votes and 14 tables have been set up. Counting will take place in different rounds. The final results will be declared by Returning Officers (RO) in Ropar for Anandpur Sahib constituency and in Patiala for Patiala constituency. “May 23 has also been declared as a dry day. No liquor vend can stay open Thursday,” Sapra told Chandigarh Newsline.
The DC also added that the observers would randomly check slips of VVPAT machines in the presence of either the candidate or his polling agent.