Matching VVPAT Slips Likely to Delay Results on Counting Day
Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, will begin at 8.00 am on Thursday, 23 May, and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time.
67.11 percent of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the seven phase elections. This is the highest ever-voter turnout in Indian parliamentarian elections.
First Lok Sabha Polls to Witness EVM-VVPAT Verification
This is for the first time in a Lok Sabha election that results of voting machines will be matched with slips generated by paper trail machines.
The Election Commission is yet to provide the number of counting centres being set up for Thursday, saying the data is not centrally available.
Slips To Be Counted First, EVMs To Be Switched on Later to Match Results
As per procedure, postal ballots would be the first to be counted.
Service voters stood at 18 lakh. These include personnel of the armed forces, central police force personnel and state police personnel who are posted outside their constituencies.
Diplomats and support staff posted in Indian embassies abroad are also counted as service voters.
Out of 18 lakh registered voters, 16.49 lakh have sent their postal ballots to their respective returning officers as on 17 May.
The paper trail machines slips will be counted in the end.
The entire exercise of EVM-Paper trail machine matching will take an additional four to five hours.
Out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, elections were held in 542 constituencies as the EC had cancelled polls to the Vellore constituency on the grounds of excessive use of money power.
The poll panel is yet to announce a fresh date for elections in Vellore.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several union ministers, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav are among key leaders who contested the polls.