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Two days to know the result; More counting centers, Apple will know the result

According to Chief Electoral Officer Tikaram Meena, 633 counting halls have been set up at 114 centers for the counting of votes in the Assembly elections. The number of counting halls has increased by 78%. In one hall, there were 14 tables in the 2019 Lok Sabha election vote count, this time reduced to seven in the Kovid situation. In the Kovid case, polling booths were increased by 89 per cent.

The counting of votes will take place in the presence of observers appointed by the Central Election Commission. It employs 24,709 people, including the Reserve.

Strong rooms will be opened in the presence of observers and counting agents. Postal ballots will be counted from 8 am and EVMs from 8.30 am. Four lakh postal ballots were distributed. Of these, 2.96 lakh are over 80 years of age, 51,711 are disabled, 601 are Kovid patients, 32,633 are essential service voters and 2 lakh are polling officials. As of Wednesday, 4,54,237 postal ballots had been returned.

Apple also knows the results
The Election Commission with extensive facilities for the public and the media to know the results of the Assembly elections. Chief Electoral Officer Tikaram Meena said the results would be available on the commission’s website as the counting progresses. The results are also available through the ‘Voter Helpline App’. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

The media will be provided with ‘Trend‌ TV’ in the media centers set up at the district centers and counting centers and the IPRD media center will be set up at the state level.

Must be home on announcement day
On the day of declaration of election results, the Chief Minister said that everyone should stay at home, know the results and act responsibly. Do not sit in a group anywhere‌. Do not create crowds with joyous performances. He also said that the day should not be changed as a reason to intensify the spread of the disease.

System for Kovid testing and vaccination
Arrangements have been made for counting agents, candidates and staff to enter the counting center for the Kovid examination and vaccination. A Covid Negative Certificate or a certificate of receiving two doses of vaccination is mandatory to enter the counting centers. The selectors in the respective districts have made arrangements for this. Vaccinate at the collectorate or at specially prepared centers in the area.

Counting agents who do not have a vaccination certificate or a negative certificate 48 hours in advance can perform antigen testing at ICMR accredited labs or at centers set up in constituencies. The results of the examination conducted on Fridays and Saturdays should be presented in the counting hall. More information is available here.

Facilities will be available only to staff on counting duty and counting agents from the vaskination and testing centers set up for counting of votes. He directed the police and health department officials to strictly abide by the regulations in this regard. As there are government restrictions on Saturdays and Sundays, the police have been directed to provide necessary protection to the travels of the employees assigned to the election duty. The second dose of Kovishield will be given at the Taluk offices and Kovacs at the Collectorate on Friday from 10 am to 4 pm in Thiruvananthapuram.

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