With maximum number of voters and polling booths among the six Assembly constituencies coming under Madurai parliamentary constituency, the Madurai East Assembly constituency will take maximum time for counting of votes which is scheduled for Thursday.
A statement issued by the District Election Office said that there would be 14 tables for counting for each Assembly constituency with the control units of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) from one polling booth counted at one table at a given time. Each table would have one supervisor, one assistant and a micro observer.
Accordingly, with votes from 14 booths counted in one round, Madurai East constituency, with 311 polling booths, would take 22 rounds to count all the votes. Madurai South constituency, with just 215 polling booths, would take the least number of 15 rounds to count the votes.
The counting for Tirupparankundram Assembly constituency byelection will also happen on Thursday. With similar arrangements for counting in place, the constituency, which had 297 polling booths, would take 22 rounds for counting all the votes.
After the counting of all the votes in the control units of EVMs, manual counting of votes Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines from five randomly chosen polling booths from each Assembly constituency would be counted for verification, officials said. Postal votes would be counted before the counting of votes from EVMs.
Training for personnel to be involved in counting had been scheduled for Tuesday.
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