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Mangaluru: Tight security in place for counting, DC warns of strict action against trouble-mongers

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (ANK)

Mangaluru May 14: Security has been beefed up ahead of the counting for the eight assembly seats in Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday May 15 at Mahatma Gandhi Centenary High School and PU College, Bondel, informed deputy commissioner Sasikanth Senthil.

Addressing the media here on Monday May 14, Sasikanth Senthil said, "I thank everyone, from the ground level staff to the police, as the election was held peacefully in the district and there was no major complaint. Overall the district saw good turnout in all the constituncies. The counting process will be held on May 15, for which we have made certain standard operative procedures. During the counting process there will be returning officer, assistant returning officer and observer, even a counting agent for a candidate has been appointed as they have responsibility to note down and tally the counting.

"Counting rooms will be under CCTV surveillance. The counting process will be start from 8 am. We have 380 service voters and have received 11,401 postal ballots. Postal ballot counting will start at 8 am. If the postal ballot counting does not finish by 8:30 am then the normal counting will start. Counting will be held round wise, and every round's result will be declared. This time postal ballot has bar code system.

"Section 144 has been imposed from May 14 midnight to May 16 midnight, during which holding rallies and victory parades is restricted. If any counting agents see misbehaviour in the counting centres, strict action will be taken so that the counting process is not disturbed," he said.

Police commissioner Vipul Kumar said, "Election was held peacefully. I salute the spirit of Mangalureans. Even the post poll scenario is peaceful. We have made three-layer security arrangement ahead of counting which will be held on May 15. Outer zone will be traffic-free area, and parking vehicles within the 100 mtrs from counting centres is restricted. The three-tier security cordon consists of CAPF, KSRP, CAR and civil police. Three companies of CAPF-SSB are deployed to ensure peaceful counting process. All the persons entering the counting centres are thoroughly frisked before being allowed. No person is allowed to enter without the valid pass issued by DEO. Only the official and authorized vehicles are allowed. Emergency medical services and fire services have been arranged at counting centres. No vehicular movement in front of the counting centres is allowed. Parking for public vehicles has been provided at KHB ground and NMS ground. Traffic towards the airport and the city has been diverted.

"Only those who possess valid pass can enter the premises. Electronic devices like mobile phone, iPad, laptop are restricted. The counting centres will have three teams of SSB squad, 2 RAF squad, 6 KSRP, 6 CRF and 100 mobile patrolling vehicles so that there will be no untoward incident by any anti-social elements or any inconvenience to general public. I urge everyone to cooperate and ensure there is no breach of security," he said.

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  • Prakash D'Souza, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2018

    I have to say that though congress is Best Party to rule in Karnataka but they will fail as they have not worked on EVM tampering issue, Reports are emerging that Ballot papers Box and EVM are tampered . So I think BJP will win, I am sorry Brothers this is truth. COngress should have worked at the EVM level as they should know that they are figting against a fascist regime who dont have have any ethics in Fighting elections and who can stoop low to any extent to win the elections ,

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  • lth, Dubai

    Mon, May 14 2018

    Foregone conclusion...BJP winning with absolute majority. Request all Pseudosickular to stock BURNOL in advance.Jai Hind Jai Karnataka

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  • Jiyo our Jeenedo, Karkala/Mysore

    Mon, May 14 2018

    Sp, Mlr

    You mean he has direct access to EVM.

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  • Navin, Kundapur

    Mon, May 14 2018

    We don't want looters...this is not UP

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  • Insomaniac, Mangalore

    Mon, May 14 2018

    We need some fair Counting D.C! The peace of our beautiful place like Karnataka depends on it. We dont want the goonda party to tamper any votes here and there.

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  • Sp, Mlr

    Mon, May 14 2018

    Results are already out yeddy is new cm
    Jai kamath jai santhosh rai jai shetty

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