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The Quint Reports Mismatch In EVM Votes Polled & Counted in 373 Lok Sabha Constituencies

Instead of explaining the discrepancy, the EC reportedly removed the voter turnout data from its website entirely.

According to a report in The Quint, there is a discrepancy between the number of votes polled on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the number of EVM votes counted in 373 constituencies, as per the data sets uploaded by the Election Commission on India. This is for the first four phases of Lok Sabha polls, since the data for the last three phases was qualified as “estimated” by the Election Commission.

For instance, in Kancheepuram, Lok Sabha seat in Tamil Nadu, 2,14,086 votes were polled on EVMs but 12,32,417 EVM votes were counted. Hence, a surplus of 18,331 EVM votes  Similarly in other constituencies:

Lok Sabha Constituency EVM Votes Polled EVM Votes Counted Surplus votes
Dharmapuri (T.N.)

11,94,440

12,12,311

17,871

Sriperumbudur (T.N.)

13,88,666

14,03,178

14,512

Mathura (U.P.)

10,88,206

10,98,112

9,906

In the remaining 299 constituencies, the difference was reportedly smaller. In some states, the number of EVM votes polled was found to be less than the number of EVM votes counted, the report adds.

However, the EC did not explain the discrepancies when The Quint emailed it on the morning of May 27. Instead, in the afternoon, the data of final voter turnout was pulled down from the EC website entirely.

The screenshot of EC’s official website eciresults.nic.in that shows the ticker final vote count of phases 1, 2, 3 and 4. It reportedly disappeared after The Quint raised questions. Credits: The Quint

When we asked the EC why the ticker and the data has been removed from the website, there was no response.

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Later in the evening, we got an email from the EC clarifying the votes polled of only one constituency. The EC also said that this data is not complete and it might be revised later.

We again wrote to the EC demanding answers for the discrepancies in other constituencies. We attached with our email all the documents on phases 1 to 4 – all votes polled data downloaded from the EC’s official website. But EC’s reply is still awaited,” The Quint report states.

According to experts, there should not be a mismatch of even a single EVM vote, the report further said.

“Prima facie, it appears to be a serious issue. I am not aware of any such occurrence (where votes polled didn’t match with votes counted) in the past, that is, during my tenure as chief election commissioner,” OP Rawat, former Chief Election Commissioner of India, told The Quint. 

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