South Goa district collector and returning officer for the south parliamentary seat Ajit Roy said that it would take at least five more hours this time for counting of votes as VVPAT slips of five EVMs in every assembly segment will have to be counted.
Speaking to this daily on Saturday after holding two crucial meetings, Roy said that “the counting process this time will be different from the past. A lot of time will be consumed as VVPAT slips of five EVMs in every assembly segment will have to be counted,” adding, “Necessary arrangements have been made at the counting centre.
He informed that a dry run of entire counting process will be conducted on May 21 at the counting centre to get the staff deployed on duty for counting of votes acquainted with the process and it will be monitored by the election commission.
The dry run on May 21, he said, will be like ‘mock exercise’ of the actual process of counting of votes to be held on May 23 and it will be held from 8 am to 1 pm.
The returning officer further informed that representatives of political parties have been asked to provide a detailed list of their table-wise counting agents to make them known of the process. “We have fixed a meeting with the counting agents to explain how the counting process will be conducted. The meeting will be held on May 20,” he said.
“We will also be having training for all those who will be involved in the counting process (the administration side), including the counting assistants and data operators,” he stated. On the counting of Shiroda by-poll votes, Roy said it will be done in parallel with the parliamentary vote count but with separate tables for it.