Follow one procedure to count postal votes: DMK
The DMK on Wednesday urged the Election Commission of India to give a transparent route to all returning officers (ROs) to comply with a uniform procedure all through the State in counting postal ballots.
In a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner and the Chief Electoral Officer, DMK organisation secretary R.S. Bharathi additionally requested a route to all ROs to present one counting desk for each 500 postal ballots and to declare the outcomes of postal ballots as quickly as their counting is over and entered in type 20, with none delay, and with out ready for the completion of the counting of EVMs.
He additionally recalled the celebration’s earlier request for steering all ROs to count postal ballots first and declare the outcomes, and solely then count the penultimate spherical of the EVM machines, in compliance with instructions within the handbook for returning officers, polling brokers and candidates. “However, we came to understand that the ECI has directed for the withdrawal of such direction.”
He mentioned the ROs have been adopting varied strategies for the counting of postal ballots. “This is not good for the conduct of free and fair elections,” he added.