Security beefed up ahead of vote counting day

May 15th, 2009 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi/Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements ahead of vote counting day on Saturday.

Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla said 1,080 counting centres have been set up throughout the country.

He said 60,000 employees have been pressed into service for the purpose.

The counting of votes for 543 Lok Sabha seats will start from 8.00 a.m.

The Commission has also made arrangements for the media to acquire details of every round of counting to them through its websites

Two boards will also be set up at the Commission office for displaying results.

Security has also been beefed up in Chennai. The policemen are keeping a strict vigil on vote counting centres.

The three counting centres in the city wore the look of a fortress on Friday with a large number of security personnel guarding them.

“Elaborate security arrangements have been made even though we don’t have much issues or any threat on these counting centres. We have done lighting arrangements. We have been continuously watching the area in continuous vigil. The counting will start at 8:00 a.m. We will continue till the whole counting process is over,” said Rajesh Lakhoni, Commissioner, Chennai Corporation.

Tamil Nadu recorded a voter turnout of 68 per cent in the final round of elections, which according to officials is quite high, considering the low voter turnout recorded from other states. (ANI)

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