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Counting for West Bengal Assembly polls to take 10 hours

Counting for West Bengal Assembly polls tomorrow will take ten hours approximately, Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said on Thursday.



Kolkata: Counting for West Bengal
Assembly polls tomorrow will take ten hours approximately,
Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said on Thursday.

"There will be 87 counting venues with 312 halls for
counting the results of 294 constituencies spread over 20
electoral districts. It will take ten hours," Gupta said.

There will be 4605 tables with 14,500 persons for the
counting process, he said.
According to the latest EC instruction counting for
each constituency should be be done in a single hall with the
EC-deputed observer, returning officer and representatives of
the candidates present so that there was absolute
transparency, he said.

The EC has, however, exempted 18 assembly
constituencies where two halls have been allotted since a
single hall could not be found, Gupta said.

None except the observer and the retiring officer
will be allowed to enter the counting halls with a mobile
phone.

Referring to security arrangements, Gupta said there
will be three-tier security at counting centres with one to be
manned by central forces.

About 75 companies of central forces will be deployed
to guard the counting centres, beside state forces, he said.
"The EC has also decided to keep an additional 144
companies of central forces to maintain law and order in
the state," Gupta said.

The central forces will stay in the state till May 23
to tackle the post poll situation as per the EC directive, he
said.

The CEO also called an all-party meeting and asked
political parties to show restraint after the declaration of
results.

PTI

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