Guidelines issued for agents staying in counting centres

Collector C Kathiravan held a review meeting on the guidelines to be followed by the candidates and agents to visit the security rooms where the electronic voting machines are kept.

He said that Assembly election was held on April 6. Following this, the EVMs were placed in separate rooms with three layers of security at the counting centres at the IRTT engineering and Gobi Arts Colleges.

They were sealed and 24 hours security was arranged by paramilitary and police force with surveillance cameras.

Following this, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has issued guidelines for candidates and agents to visit the security rooms where the EVMs are kept.

As per the order of it, three agents of a political party will be issued a pass with a photo ID card. But, only one person will be allowed at a time.

Vehicles should be parked only in the designated area. It is strictly forbidden to use match boxes, cigarette lighters, tobacco products and liquor. Violators’ passes will be revoked and appropriate legal action will be taken.

Agents should only be in their rooms. Talking politics should definitely be avoided‌. If there is a law and order problem, the permission of the agents concerned will be revoked.

They have to walk from the vehicle parking lot to their block. If there are any problems, the nearest Revenue Officer should report it to the police. Food is the responsibility of the respective agents.

Only one person of three agents is allowed on rotation basis to inspect strong rooms where EVMs are kept.

Therefore, candidates and agents can follow the guidelines of the ECI strictly, he advised.

The meeting was attended by candidates, agents and relevant departmental officers including SP P. Thangathurai, DRO Dr. Murugesan and Corporation Commissioner Dr. M. Ilangovan.

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