https://www.indiatoday.in/elections/lok ... 2019-05-21
According to the officials in the Election Commission, it used to take one hour when slips of one VVPAT machine were counted in one polling station per assembly segment. Now, when one VVPAT took one hour, four additional VVPATs will take four additional hours on an average. This would result in a delay of roughly four more hours before the announcement of the results.
Further, this election has seen more than 13 lakh service voters sending in their downloaded ballot through the electronic postal ballot system. Once their votes are received, they will be verified at two ends which will also abet delay. The Election Commission has a two-tier structure to prevent fraud from happening with service voters and the process in time-consuming.
The tallying will take place in special and secure counting booths under the direct supervision of the returning officer and his/her deputy. During VVPAT tallying, intense cross verification will take place which will also result in a delay. For the VVPAT counting booth, an enclosed cabin will be set up with wire mesh to prevent any unauthorised person from accessing the VVPAT slips.
In an exclusive conversation with India Today TV, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain had mentioned how an increase in the VVPAT tally would lead to delay in the result announcement. This came in view of Opposition parties asking for VVPAT tally be increased to 50 per cent. The Election Commission in its affidavit had said that increasing VVPAT tally to 50 per cent would delay the result by 4-5 days.
This election will see a rough delay of about 3-4 hours, though early trends will start trickling in by afternoon. So, one can expect the trend to trickle in by noon on May 23. The experts, however, believe that one may need to wait till late night for the final result to be out. The EC has made special arrangement also to check and get early trend and constituency wise trend/results.Trends and counting of votes will be disseminated through portal results.eci.gov.in starting from 8 AM onwards
. Apart from that, real-time trends and results will be available on Voter Helpline App also. This application has been launched by EC this season only.