The counting will involve the matching of paper slips in five polling booths picked at random for each assembly segment towards the end of counting. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)
The counting will involve the matching of paper slips in five polling booths picked at random for each assembly segment towards the end of counting. (Photo by Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

Election Commission rejects Opposition demand to tweak VVPAT counting process

Leaders of 22 political parties had yesterday urged the Election Commission to ensure paper slips from the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) module are matched before the counting begins so that in cases of discrepancy, all votes in that particular assembly segment can be cross-checked with the paper slips.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 04:29 PM IST

The three-member Election Commission has rejected the demand from 22 political parties to make last-minute changes to the way votes will be counted on Thursday, according to news agency ANI.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had taken up the opposition demand to change the protocol for counting at his meeting with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra. Leaders of 22 political parties had yesterday approached the commission to demand that paper slips from the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) module are matched before the counting begins so that in cases of discrepancy, all votes in that particular assembly segment can be cross-checked with the paper slips.

At present, the counting will involve the matching of paper slips in five polling booths picked at random for each assembly segment towards the end of counting.

Also Read | Opposition lays ground to make quick claim if NDA tally falls short

Opposition leaders had indicated that they weren’t very hopeful that the poll panel would fix the discrepancies hours before the counting process is to begin, not when it had chosen to ignore the suggestions for months.

“We raised these same issues in last one and half months. Why did they not respond?” asked Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi who called the suggestion to first verify the VVPAT paper slips a “no-brainer”.

Also Read | Before vote count, a deep dive into 2019 poll campaign and how it unfolded

In their memorandum to the panel, the parties had said that in order to make the process more transparent, paper slips must be counted first and if there is a discrepancy with what is shown digitally on the machines, then all votes – instead of the 5% the EC has decided to at present – in the assembly segment of that parliamentary constituency should be cross-checked.

Election official cite existing orders to point out that in case there is any mismatch between electronic candidate-wise result of the Control Unit and the candidate-wise VVPAT slips manual count, recounting of the VVPAT slips of that particular VVPAT shall be conducted till the recount is tallied with the EVM count or one of the previous VVPAT slips count

In cases where mock-poll data was not erased from EVMs by election officials, those units will be kept aside and only VVPAT slips will be referred to during the counting.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Officials aware of developments said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at airports, held a meeting with officials of the external affairs ministry and the airport operator to discuss the modalities. (PTI photo).
Officials aware of developments said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for security at airports, held a meeting with officials of the external affairs ministry and the airport operator to discuss the modalities. (PTI photo).

Airports, stations gear up ahead of Modi oath taking

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 10:34 AM IST
Wednesday promises to be even busier for officials at the Indira Gandhi International airport with leaders of the BIMSTEC nations, Kyrgyzstan, and Mauritius expected to arrive for the swearing-in.
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami during a dinner meeting with National Democratic Alliance leaders in New Delhi(PTI)

Vote split behind AIADMK-BJP alliance loss in Tamil Nadu

By MC Rajan & M Manikandan | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:46 AM IST
The DMK, led by former party chief Karunanidhi’s son, Stalin, swept the elections, winning 37 of the 38 Lok Sabha seats that polled last month.
Close
Ali Daruwalla, state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch(HT PHOTO)
Ali Daruwalla, state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch(HT PHOTO)

Muslims have shown confidence in Modi-led govt: Ali Daruwalla

By Nadeem Inamdar | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 04:57 PM IST
He is the state coordinator and president of Muslim Rashtriya Manch for western Maharashtra affiliated to the RSS
Close
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants.(HT FILE)
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants.(HT FILE)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP’s rise in vote share in Pune dims Sena’s hopes of seat sharing

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 04:22 PM IST
BJP nominee Girish Bapat’s win with a record margin of 3.24 lakh votes in Pune and substantial lead in all six constituencies, has increased the tension among Shiv Sena aspirants  
Close
One of the biggest victories in Uttar Pradesh was of BJP’s Smriti Irani over Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi.(AFP File)
One of the biggest victories in Uttar Pradesh was of BJP’s Smriti Irani over Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi.(AFP File)

Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal elect most women MPs: 11 each

By Saurabh Chauhan | Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 03:43 PM IST
Overall, the 17th Lok Sabha will have the highest number of women parliamentarians ever at 78
Close
TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an election rally y in South 24 Parganas district.(ANI)
TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at an election rally y in South 24 Parganas district.(ANI)

Bengal Lok Sabha results show Mamata, 17 ministers trail BJP on home turfs

By Snigdhendu Bhattacharya | hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 03:51 PM IST
The Trinamool Congress is facing a serious challenge from the BJP in Bengal after the saffron party’s stunning performance in the general elections,
Close
AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday said that he will file a complaint before the Election Commission regarding non-registration of votes in the polling booths(PTI File Photo)
AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran on Sunday said that he will file a complaint before the Election Commission regarding non-registration of votes in the polling booths(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections results 2019- Dhinakaran questions EC over no votes polled for party

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chennai
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 10:09 PM IST
The AIADMK, which partnered the BJP for the general elections, managed to win just one Lok Sabha and won nine seats in the by-polls.
Close
Alka Lamba won the Chandni Chowk assembly seat for the first time in 2013. Before joining Kejriwal, Lamba was part of the Congress women wing.(HT File Photo)
Alka Lamba won the Chandni Chowk assembly seat for the first time in 2013. Before joining Kejriwal, Lamba was part of the Congress women wing.(HT File Photo)

‘Will leave AAP in 2020’: Alka Lamba on being removed from WhatsApp group

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 02:06 PM IST
Lamba lashed out at Kejriwal and said why is she being held responsible for the party’s loss in Lok Sabha elections.
Close
The average vote share of the saffron party during Sidhu’s tenure was 51 per cent, which came down to 36 per cent in post-Sidhu period.(HT File Photo)
The average vote share of the saffron party during Sidhu’s tenure was 51 per cent, which came down to 36 per cent in post-Sidhu period.(HT File Photo)

BJP struggles to reclaim Amritsar after Sidhu’s exit.

By Surjit Singh | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:35 PM IST
Even after fielding Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri this time, the vote share improved slightly (around 40 per cent), but the party could not win the seat.
Close
Sukhbir defeated his rival Sher Singh Ghubaya of the Congress in all assembly constituencies of the Ferozepur seat.(HT File Photo)
Sukhbir defeated his rival Sher Singh Ghubaya of the Congress in all assembly constituencies of the Ferozepur seat.(HT File Photo)

Congress’ strong sacrilege pitch fails to dent Badal’s poll prospects

By Vishal Joshi | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:32 PM IST
Sukhbir Singh Badal won from the Ferozepur constituency with the highest margin of 1.70 lakh in Punjab while his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur scored a hat-trick from Bathinda.
Close
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)
In a first, a 25-year-old engineering graduate from Odisha has become the youngest Member of Parliament to the 17th Lok Sabha.(Amarendra Dhal/Facebook)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: BJD’s Chandrani Murmu, 25, becomes youngest Member of Parliament

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:50 PM IST
Chandrani, a greenhorn in politics, reportedly says she would like to come up to the expectations pinned on her by the youth and women besides the tribals in her region.
Close
The state NCP chief Jayant Patil has expressed suspicion over electronic voting machines (EVM).(HT File photo)
The state NCP chief Jayant Patil has expressed suspicion over electronic voting machines (EVM).(HT File photo)

Battle for survival looms for NCP

By Faisal Malik | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 12:10 PM IST
Another challenge the party is likely to face is to refrain its legislators and other senior leaders from switching to ruling parties.
Close
Banerjee said her party lost 5-6 seats by slender margins, mainly because of postal ballots.(ANI File Photo)
Banerjee said her party lost 5-6 seats by slender margins, mainly because of postal ballots.(ANI File Photo)

Mamata Banerjee sees foreign hand behind BJP poll win

By Indo Asian News Service | Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:44 AM IST
Mamata expressed doubts over the results of seats and said some programming was done in many machines involving one lakh votes.
Close
Expressing concern over the growing number of politicians with criminal antecedents, Major General (retired) Anil Varma of the association said 159 (29%) new MPs have serious criminal cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crime against women against them.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Expressing concern over the growing number of politicians with criminal antecedents, Major General (retired) Anil Varma of the association said 159 (29%) new MPs have serious criminal cases related to rape, murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping, crime against women against them.(Arijit Sen/HT Photo)

New Lok Sabha sees 9% rise in number of MPs with criminal charges

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 10:14 AM IST
Of the total winners in 2019, 233 parliamentarians (43%) have declared criminal cases against them as compared to 185 (34%) in the Lok Sabha elected in 2014 and 162 (30 per cent) in 2009, say the findings based on the scrutiny of affidavits of 539 MPs.
Close
Political leaders say that given the National Conference (NC) drew a blank in the 2014 general elections, this victory would give the party and its cadre a much-needed fillip ahead of the state elections tentatively scheduled for November.(HT Photo)
Political leaders say that given the National Conference (NC) drew a blank in the 2014 general elections, this victory would give the party and its cadre a much-needed fillip ahead of the state elections tentatively scheduled for November.(HT Photo)

National Conference regains bastions, picks up momentum

By Mir Ehsan | Hindustan Times, Srinagar
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 07:48 AM IST
According to NC provisional president Nasir Sogami, the results are bound to enthuse the party ranks.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP