Unlike in 2009 when it crashed within minutes, it was a smooth operation this time when the Election Commission website recorded 45 crore hits on the morning of the vote count on Friday, making it the highest number of hits on any Indian website ever in a single day.
Election commission officials involved in the process of randomisation of electronic voting machines (EVM) at Election Commission's store house in Jaipur. (Himanshu Vyas/HT photo)
Unable to sustain the "excessive" hits last time, the Commission's website had crashed on the same day five years ago when votes were counted in the last Lok Sabha elections.
Wonder how it was smooth this time, here is the answer.
It took a team of information technology experts, five in every state commission and 12 in the Delhi Headquarters of the Election Commission, a trustworthy human chain, and meticulous planning to turn the Commission online results in an impressive way, says a top EC source.
Starting 6am on May 16, the entire team was active in each state and at the Nirvachan Sadan Headquarters and in office till 6pm the next day uploading the results coordinating between 989 counting centres and 1,029,000 electronic voting machine control units across the country until the last results were uploaded.