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Bijepur By-Poll: Smooth & Peaceful, Says Odisha CEO

22 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das

Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sushil Kumar Lohani today informed that the conduct of Bijepur bye-election has been by and large smooth and peaceful.

"There have been no reports of any law and order situation or adverse reports of voting being stopped," the CEO said briefing reporters here.

Lohani informed that according to last reports received by his office the voting percentage this time has been higher by 0.17% as compared to the last general elections in this year which was 79% and added that a voting percentage of 79.17 as recorded this time is high as per national standards.

Giving details of the arrangements being made for counting of votes, the CEO said that counting of votes is scheduled to begin at 8 am on October 24.

He added that this time votes of service voters have been registered through the electronic system and so therefore counting will be done electronically and postal ballot counting will be also done. "Simultaneously, EVM counting will begin. Counting of votes will take place at the RMC Padmapur market yard premises. There will be 14 counting tables. Each table will have one micro observer who is a Central government employee. Moreover, a counting supervisor and a counting assistant will be deployed in each table," Lohani pointed out.

"That apart, one representative from each of the political parties contesting the election will be assigned as counting agent in each table. This time we are mobilizing 103 counting personnel.  Their first round training has been completed and they will be undergoing the second round training tomorrow," Lohani said.

The CEO further said that as per the directive of the Election Commissioner, actual counting results will be tallied with the results of five VVPATs selected on a random basis.

Lohani said that special arrangements have been made for media personnel and DIPRO will be in charge of the media centre.

"Mobile phones will be only allowed at the media centre and nowhere other than that," he added.

Sushil Kumar Lohani, CEO, Odisha