Imphal, May 22: As the day for the counting of votes approaches, all political parties and candidates in the state have started preparing for the results. The Congress party has negated the exit poll results while the BJP has welcomed the results.
Manipur Congress President Gaikhangam said exit polls can't be relied upon as seen in the past. BJP leaders were, however, relying on the results.The election office has completed all arrangements for the counting of votes in 34 halls. The counting will start around 8 am but postal ballot and Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) will be counted first hence election trend will start coming a little late. Election Observers will be ready by 5 am.
Election Observer and Returning Officers will be monitoring the counting process. The passage from the strong room to the counting halls will be video recorded and the counting process will be displayed on TV monitors.
Security personnel were deployed round the clock at all counting centres and prohibitory orders have been imposed. Arms and ammunitions, sharp weapons, inflammable items like matches and intoxicants, mobile phones will not be allowed inside the counting centres. Parking areas for officials, media, candidates were earmarked and there will be traffic diversions tomorrow as all roads leading to the counting centres will be sealed and only authorised vehicles will be allowed to enter the premises. Manipur went to polls on April 11 and April 18. UNI