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Election arrangements reviewed

Collector R. Palaniyandi and Election Observer Jatindra Nath Swain reviewed the poll preparedness in the district here on Wednesday.

Mr. Palaniyandi oversaw the preparations under way at the counting centre at Government Polytechnic here. He also checked security and infrastructure arrangements.

Similarly, a municipal team headed by Municipal Commissioner K. Kanagraj and Engineer S.A. Rajagopal checked the preparations at the counting centre at Kamaraj College on Tuticorin-Tiruchendur road.

Mr. Palaniyandi said a total of 22 counting centres were established.

"Of them, 12 were in panchayat union limits, seven in town panchayat limits and three in municipal limits," he said.

On the arrangements made by the administration for the polling dates, he said video cameras would be placed in all the 252 polling stations, which were identified as "sensitive," besides putting additional police strength around them.

"The Returning Officers would ensure that the ballot papers were stitched into bundles of fifty, with consecutive serial numbers, and the serial numbers on each ballot paper as well as on its counterfoil were identical, before being taken to the polling stations from the lockers," he said.

Source: The Hindu

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