State election department of Tripura has taken all steps to make the counting process incident-free on March 3, Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taraikanti said on Friday. The CEO was accompanied by the IG (L&O) K Srijesh.
Speaking to reporters here the CEO informed adequate security measures have been taken at the all the 20 counting centres across the state. Besides the central paramilitary forces, Tripura State Rifles (TSR) has also been deployed.
The CEO said this time the counting will start with the counting of the postal ballots followed by EVMs and in nine cases ballots in the VVPATs.
The state election department had several rounds of meeting with political parties, police and state administration of the counting process besides imparting training to the officials to be deployed for the counting purpose.
He said with 91.57 percentage of polling without any incident of violence Tripura has created a record. He was hopeful that the same track record would be maintained on the day of counting on Saturday.
The CEO said besides intensifying adequate security forces, 856 km border with Bangladesh has been sealed and check-gates at all the entry points with Assam and Mizoram have been put up. A large number of micro-observers has been deployed majority of them are central government employees and from PSU from outside the state.
Counting for the 59 constituencies out of the 60 assembly seats shall start on Saturday at 8 AM at 20 centres and by the noon all results are expected to be declared.