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Karnataka Elections: Elaborate arrangements for counting of state assembly votes on May 13

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The counting votes for the Karnataka Assembly elections will begin tomorrow at 8.00am. There are 34 counting centres across the state where arrangements have been made to count the votes. Karnataka had set a new record of 73.19 percent Voter Turnout during the May 10 Assembly election. The turnout this time has surpassed the previous highest turnout of 72.44 percent set in the 2018 Assembly election.  

Standard Operating Procedure is followed during the counting day. The EVMs are brought out of the strong rooms in the presence of the returning officers and EC Special counting Observers along with the representatives of the political parties.

The Control Units of the EVMs are brought to the counting tables under CCTV surveillance and the procedure is filmed. After removing the seal, a button on the Control unit is pressed to display the votes to different candidates. These numbers are recorded in the result sheets.

Thereafter VVPAT machines are selected randomly through a draw of lots and the paper slips displaying party symbols are counted. Every counting table will have a micro observer, supervisor and assistants. There will be 10 to 14 tables in the counting centres with two tables dedicated for postal ballots. There will be three layers of security around the counting centres.

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