Port Blair, May 21: The second round of training for Counting Supervisors, Micro Observers, Counting Assistants and Counting Staff engaged to assist the Returning Officer, A & N Islands Parliamentary Constituency in counting of votes for General Election-2024, was held in the DBRAIT auditorium here today. The Counting will take place in JNRM Counting Centre, earmarked for Counting of Votes for the A & N Islands Parliamentary Constituency on June 4, 2024.  The Resource Person, Shri Som Naidu, DANICS Retd. while addressing the trainees, apprised them about their important roles & responsibilities during the counting of votes.

The Resource Person further stated that ‘Postal Ballot Papers’ are to be counted first and thereafter, the counting of EVMs will be taken up at JNRM on June 4, 2024 in two Counting Halls. Altogether, 28 counting tables will be set up and each counting hall will have 14 tables which will be manned by Counting Supervisor, Micro Observer, Counting Assistant and Counting Staff. He said, all the personnel engaged in counting duty have to take the training seriously so that they are familiarized with the step by step counting procedures to avoid any problem on the Counting Day.

The team of Master trainers led by Shri M. Papa Rao, assisted by Dr. A. Abraham imparted training to the counting personnel on handling the polled EVMs especially Control Unit and VVPAT machines on the counting day. A demo of the counting of votes and a presentation on the subject was also given. The trainees also engaged themselves on hands on training for the Counting. It was informed that the next round of training to the officials engaged in Counting will be held at the same venue on 24-05-2024.