AGARTALA, March 2 - There will be a three-tier security arrangement in all the 20 Centres for counting of votes tomorrow for the Tripura Assembly polls, according to official sources.
Besides, the entire counting proceeding will be conducted under webcasting/CCTV surveillance while there will be one Micro Observer for each counting table.
Inside the counting centre, there will be two layers of security arrangement. The inner layer will be maintained by Central paramilitary forces while the outer layer will be manned by Tripura State Rifles (TSR).
As per Election Commission (EC) guidelines, postal ballots will be taken up for counting first followed by counting of polled EVMs. Apart from this, one VVPAT of each 59 Assembly constituencies will be counted and selection will be done on the basis of randomisation.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sriram Tarikanti has already had a meeting with all DEOs thorough video conferencing and told them to adhere to EC instructions during the counting.
An average of 91.57 per cent polling was recorded in the 59 Assembly constituencies, according to latest report prepared by State Election department, the CEO told the media here on Thursday. This means, the State has polled around 2.04 per cent less turnout compared to the last Assembly polls in 2013.
As part of precautionary measures, a prohibitory order has been clamped within a 200-metre radius of each counting centre.
The EC, however, did not accept the shifting of counting centre from Jampuijala to other place as sought by the ruling CPI(M). However, the EC has taken unprecedented security measures for counting process at Jampuijala BDO office. Additional security coverage will be given to contesting candidates and counting agents for their safety. Besides, RAF personnel have been deployed in all the sensitive areas of Jampuijala and Takarjala areas.