Counting trend: Will it be allowed?
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 10: State Returning Officer, Y Surchandra, who is also the DC of Imphal West, is yet uncertain whether his office can come out with the latest voting trend from time to time when the counting for the Inner seat starts from May 13.Speaking to the media at his office at Babupara, the IAS officer said that so far his office has not received any official instructions from the Election Commission of India on whether the voting trend can be announced to the people from time to time.

Counting will start from 8 am of May 13 and to facilitate the smooth conduct of the exercise, prohibition order under CrPC 144 has been enforced at the periphery of all the counting centres.

The centres will be opened at all the district headquarters.

The restrictions will be in force at the office of the DC, Imphal West at Lamphelpat from 5 pm of May 12 till the election process is over.

The restrictions will be enforced at the Khadi and Village Industries road located to the north of the DC office, Naoremthong, Uripok Kangchup road crossing at the south, Laishram Leirak and Iroishemba Chingjin.

On the eastern side, the restrictions will be imposed from RIMS road till Uripok Canteen road, Polo club, NG College road and from Iroishemba till Langol Housing complex.

No unauthorized movement will be allowed at the places where the restrictions have been imposed, said the DC.

All the district headquarters will intimate the vote tally of each Assembly segments to the Imphal West DC office where the results will be counted together again.

Prior to this the counting of postal ballots will be held at the RO's office at Lamphelpat.

If nothing untoward happens, then the results for the Inner seat may be declared by 3 pm of May 13, said Surchandra.