Keep vigil, be present till EVMs shift post counting: Admin to parties

NOIDA: The Gautam Budh Nagar government has directed political parties and their members to maintain their surveillance at strong rooms and remain present until the EVM and VVPAT moving process takes place, days before the Lok Sabha elections’ vote counting on June 4.

The Flower Market in Phase 2 (Noida), where the sealed electronic voting machines (EVMs) are now located, has extensive security measures in place, according to the administration.

The administration has implemented complex security measures, deploying additional police and military personnel in and around Phase 2 (Noida) Flower Market, the location of the sealed electronic voting machines (EVMs).

Indeed, since the parliamentary constituency went to polls on April 26 for the second phase of the election, strong rooms at this market are being watched over 24 hours a day by representatives of prominent political party candidates, such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Samajwadi Party, in addition to security personnel.

Officials said that an artificial intelligence system has been used to monitor and maintain a constant state of alertness over the Flower Market.

“We are only a few hours away from the result day, so all the contesting candidates and their representatives have been asked to keep up the vigil at the strong rooms at Noida’s Phase 2 Flower Market,” additional district magistrate Atul Kumar stated on Friday. “Efforts are being made to ensure that the counting of votes happens in a transparent manner.”

The official continued, “The candidates have been instructed to stay present at the time of the EVMs’ unlocking and the moving of the EVMs and VVPATs (voter verified paper audit trails) to the warehouse post-counting on the day.

On June 4, at the Flower Market, the counting for the Noida, Dadri, and Jewar assembly segments will start at 8 a.m. The Gautam Budh Nagar government announced that the counting for the Khurja and Sikandrabad assembly constituencies within the Bulandshahr district of the Gautam Budh Nagar parliamentary constituency will take place at Naveen Mandi near Anupshahr road in Bulandshahr.

“There are now 21 tables in the Noida assembly segment instead of the previous 14; all other assembly segments still have 14 tables that are ready for the counting day. One extra table has been set up for the assistant returning officer who has been deputed, and four officials will continue to be on duty at each table to ensure a seamless counting process, according to ADM Kumar.

According to the Election Commission of India, the Gautam Budh Nagar LS constituency received 53.63% of the vote, while the Noida segment received 46.98%, Dadri and Jewar received 52.89% and 55.22% of the vote, respectively, and Khurja and Sikandrabad of the Bulandshahr district received 59.39% and 60.89% of the vote.


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