Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:26 [IST]
Last Update: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 11:23 [IST]
KALIMPONG: The Kalimpong district administration today held a preparatory meeting with representatives of political parties in the lead up to the counting of votes for the Darjeeling parliamentary seat on May 23.
This is the first time counting for the Lok Sabha seat is being held in Kalimpong after it became a district in 2017. The counting will take place at St. Augustine’s School.
Viswanath, the district magistrate of Kalimpong also the district election officer, who chaired the meeting, briefed the participants on the arrangements made for the counting. The meeting was aso attended by Rakesh Singh, the additional superintendent of police of Kalimpong and Harishankar Panikar, SDO, among others.
Singh said no vehicular movement will be allowed between the Petrol Pump at 8 Mile and SAS on the day. All vehicles on counting duty will have to take the road from 7th Mile to reach SAS.
Representative of BJP, GJMM, CPRM , GNLF, CPIM , UGRF and others were told that no one would be allowed to enter the premises without valid identity cards issued by the returning officer. The representatives were asked to maintain discipline during counting by not moving from the designated places given to them at the counting centre.
71.21 per cent of the 2,03,332 voters in the district had exercised their franchise during the April 18 voting.