The Election Commission of India has laid out an elaborate procedure in counting centers in constituencies across the country.
Step-by-step process on counting day:
1. Randomisation of counting supervisors and assistants for deployment will start at 5 a.m.
2. Counting will begin at 8 a.m. under the supervision of Returning Officers.
3. Each table in the counting hall will have a counting supervisor and agents picked by candidates or their election agents
4. EVMs will be inspected in the presence of authorised officials before vote counting.
5. Counting will be done by supervisor/assistant. Postal ballot papers will be counted simultaneously.
6. After each round of counting, supervisor will sign it along with the counting agents or candidates. The Returning Officer will countersign. It will then be announced.
7. The entire process will be video-graphed
8. This will be followed by the mandatory VVPAT verification. As directed by Supreme Court, counting of VVPAT slips will be done for five random EVMs in each Assembly segment.
9. In case of mismatch between counting of slips and EVM results, recounting of slips of the particular VVPAT will be done and then election symbols of slips will be checked.
10. If results don’t tally after implementing the set process, the VVPAT slip count will prevail.
Working of VVPAT EVMs
The Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail is a method that provides feedback to voters. It is an independent verification printer machine and is attached to electronic voting machines. It allows voters to verify if their vote has gone to the intended candidate.
When a voter presses a button in the EVM, a paper slip is printed through the VVPAT. The slip contains the poll symbol and name of the candidate. It allows the voter to verify his/her choice. After being visible to the voter from a glass case in the VVPAT for seven seconds, the ballot slip will be cut and dropped into the drop box in the VVPAT machine and a beep will be heard. VVPAT machines can be accessed by polling officers only.
Source: The Hindu