As results of the Lok Sabha elections poured in, the website of the Election Commission of India today touched a massive one lakh hits per second, slowing it down for a while.
The website www.Eciresults.Nic.In failed to respond around 9 am despite promises from the electoral body that it would provide an efficient update. However, it recovered an hour later, but was still functioning slowly.
"There were as many as one lakh hits per second in the first half an hour leading to the slowing down of the website," Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla told PTI.
He said because of the traffic congestion the website might have slowed down initially, but it has picked up as it has been braced up by the National Informatics Centre to take millions of hits at a go.
Promising to post fast and accurate results, the commission had upgraded and redesigned its website to include graphic details and pie charts.
However, people logging in to have an initial picture, were in for a disappointment as the website failed to respond.
"The traffic was enormously large in the first half an hour but Election Commission has done a massive upgradation of its servers to ensure a smooth functioning and handling of the massive traffic," Shukla said.