The postal ballots is being counted first. Following that, votes polled in 319 booths will be counted in 14 tables in each round. There will be 23 rounds of counting for the by-poll. So, the counting process will continue for a longer time.
Each table will have three persons, one counting supervisor, one counting assistant and one micro observer (belongs to Central government). There will be sufficient reserve personnel. All of them have been properly trained. After completion of EVM counting, VVPAT slips of five booths selected randomly will be taken up for counting to cross-verify the EVM figures.
Adequate security arrangement has been made in and around the counting centre. Entire 100 meters zone will be declared as a pedestrian zone. There will be three tier security consisting of central armed police force, state armed police and local police, the CEO informed.
Besides, arrangements have been made for media persons as per guidelines of the Election Commission. Round wise results will be disseminated to the public online through ECI portal -- results.eci.gov.in.
Notably, the by-poll for Padampur was held on December 5. The ruling BJD has nominated Barsha Singh Bariha, daughter of late MLA Bijaya Ranjan Singh Bariha, whose death necessitated the by-poll.
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