Mismatch in votes polled, counted

NEW DELHI: An analyst has questioned the discrepancy in the votes polled and counted in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections on the basis of the data released by the Election Commission.

He, however, could not check the votes polled in the last seventh round of polling in which Prime Minister Modi and several other cabinet ministers were elected since the constituency-wise data of the voter turnout was available only up to the sixth phase of polling while only state level data of turnout is provided, and not constituency wise

. The analyst said no constituency-level data is available, not before counting, not before the government formation and not even after the government formation.

Asked why the opposition parties and their candidates who lost the elections are not challenging these discrepancies, a senior Congress leader said the elections are over and so they will challenge the elections in the poll petitions in the High Courts since the role of the Election Commission is over after the elections and it cannot be reached for any kind of challenge.

The party''s experts are right now examining the data to guide the candidates on filing the election petitions, the leader said. A candidate can file the petition challenging election of the winner within 45 days from the date of declaration or the results.

The final data on the first four phases was uploaded on the Election Commission''s website, but it has been subsequently deleted on it being questioned about discrepancies between the votes polled and counted, analyst Vickram Crishna noted.

He had, however, captured the data before it were removed and claims that the voter turnout and votes counted show "zero matches" not only in these rounds but even the quick summary of the state-level voter turnout put out in the seventh round and the votes counted shows "zero matches."

Crishna underlined that not all available data is usable. "We were not able to find some. Other data (Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal) is reported only as percentages that is not usable for verification."

It is not that votes counted do not match with official CEO data as the chart shows green ticks on the matching and a cross on the mismatch. The analyst says the final voter turnout reported by the CEOs of Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Assam have been included in the chart, promising to add more in the coming days.

He also refers to reports that the data, including that was published as "final," leading to suspicion that discrepancies are being concealed by simply reporting the EVM votes counted as the turnout.

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