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Counting Day: ECI Principal Secy reviews security measures

In the meeting Srivastava wanted to know from West Bengal CEO Sunil Gupta and the returning officers about security arrangements at all the 90 counting stations in West Bengal. 

It may be mentioned that three layer of security arrangements have been made at all the counting stations. Central forces will be deployed outside the counting room while the state police forces will be deployed in two layers. 

Around 78 companies of central forces are still in the state for the vote counting day. 
Nobody including the members from various political parties will be allowed within the 100 metres of the counting stations without valid documents. 

The principal secretary of the ECI also asked the state election commission officials to put in place proper infrastructure at all counting stations. 

There will one observer at each counting station. Only the observers will be able to use their mobile phones at the premises. 

There will be also a counting observer for every assembly constituency. How the information would be uploaded to the commission’s portal was also discussed in the meeting. 

To prevent any political clashes, the local administrations have been asked to prepare adequate security arrangements. 

A special team from the ECI will arrive in the city on May 20, the day after the counting. 
They will publish a list of winning candidates and issue a notification to the governor and the West Bengal Assembly giving the list of winning candidates. It may be mentioned that in 2011, a similar team from the ECI had come to the state.

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