24 HOURS ELECTRONIC AND MANUAL SURVEILLANCE FOR EVMs AND VVPATs AT STRONG ROOMS AND COUNTING CENTRES

24 HOURS ELECTRONIC AND MANUAL SURVEILLANCE FOR EVMs AND VVPATs AT STRONG ROOMS AND COUNTING CENTRES

·        DC AND CP APPRISE OBSERVERS ABOUT ELABORATE SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS MADE BY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION

Jalandhar, May 9, 2019 ( By Madhur):  The district administration would ensure 24 hours electronic and manual surveillance of the strong rooms and counting centres where the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) would be stored after polling for general elections on May 19 till counting on May 23.

Apprising the General Election Observer I Samuel Anand Kumar and Police Observer Mr. Rajesh Jain about these arrangements during a review of all the strong rooms and counting centres, the Deputy Commissioner Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma and Commissioner of Police  Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said that said that foolproof security arrangements would be made by the district administration at these centres with a security cover of Punjab Police, Punjab Armed Police and Paramilitary force round the clock. Likewise, they said that the entire complex would be under e-surveillance for which adequate numbers of CCTV cameras have already been installed in it. Both the officers said that every inch of land in and around the strong rooms/ counting centres would be under e-surveillance.

Reiterating the firm commitment of the district administration to ensure free, fair and transparent general elections, the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police said that after the polling was over in the district on May 19, the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be brought from the various assembly segments in these strong rooms. They said that the machines would be kept in these strong rooms till May 23, the day of counting. Both the officers informed the observers that the strong room and counting centre for Jalandhar North would be set up at Government Sports School and for the Jalandhar west at Government Sports College.

 Likewise, the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner of Police said that the strong rooms for Jalandhar Cantonment, Jalandhar Central, Adampur, Shahkot and Kartarpur assembly constituencies would be constituted at the office of the Director Land Records whereas that of Phillaur and Nakodar assembly segments would be made at the State Patwar School. The officers said that adequate arrangements would be made for the entry of the counting staff, counting agents, media, representatives of the political parties and others.

Prominent amongst others present on the occasion includedAdditional Deputy Commissioner Kulwant Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police PBS Parmar, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sachin Gupta, Sub Divisional Magistrates  Paramveer Singh, Amit Kumar Panchal, Sanjiv Sharma, Rajesh Sharma and Charita, Secretary RTA Dr. Nayan Jassal, Assistant Commissioner of Police BIS Kahlon and others were also present.

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