LokSabha 2019: Counting may be delayed due to the VVPAT slips

Camil Parkhe
Wednesday, 15 May 2019

The Election Commission has directed counting of slips of five VVPAT machines from each assembly segment in the Lok Sabha seat.

PIMPRI: The counting of votes and declaration of poll results from the Maval and Shirur Lok Sabha seats at Balewadi on May 23 is likely to get delayed due to the counting of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips.

The counting of votes in the two Lok Sabha seats will be taken up at the Shri Chhatrapati Shivaji Sports Complex at Balewadi on Thursday, May 23. Both Maval and Shirur constituencies have registered 58 per cent voting.

This is for the first time that the VVPAT slips have been used by the election authorities for the parliamentary polls. The VVPAT slips eliminate the apprehensions about the functioning of the electronic voting machines (EVMs).  The Election Commission has directed counting of slips of five VVPAT machines from each assembly segment in the Lok Sabha seat.

The VVPAT machines will be selected at random under the supervision of the poll observers appointed by the Election Commission.

The counting of votes will begin with the postal ballots, followed by the votes from the EVMs and this will be followed by counting of the VVPAT slips. In the past, counting of votes in the two parliamentary constituencies used to be over ay 2 pm to 3 pm. This time, the counting and poll results are expected to be delayed.

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