ECI’s data reveals Huge Mismatch in Final Vote Count.

ECI’s Data Reveals Huge Mismatch in Final Vote Count.

In 538 constituencies, out of a total 542 constituencies –which had a seven-week long polling for Lok Sabha elections, the count doesn’t match with the total voter turn out and total votes polled, revealed an investigation by The Quint. 

As a result of this mismatch, more than 5 Lakh votes were not counted. At the same time, in a few constituencies, over 35,000 votes were counted as surplus votes. 

Anish Tiwari, a PhD scholar had taken these data sets and visualised the differences in voter turnout. Take a look at the map here

In Andhra Pradesh’s Ongole district, 1467 surplus votes were counted– the second highest in the country. The first being Assam’s Karimganj constituency with more than three thousand surplus votes. 

An Explanation. 

The Chief Election Officer of Uttar Pradesh explained the probable reasons for the mismatch in the numbers in Uttar Pradesh. The CEO of UP said that the mismatch is due to the negligence of  polling booth officers who might have not cleared the data of mock polls. The mock polls are a standard procedure to check the EVMs before the actual polling begins. The officers at the polling booth are expected to clear the data of mock polls. 

There were several reports in the media regarding the publishing data of Form 17-c. Form 17-C is the data released by a polling officer after polling is done at every centre. There were many reports citing the unexplained delay in filing the Form 17-C. The CEO of UP also suggested the same as a reason for the mismatch of final numbers. 

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