A tweet by the Election Commission of India stirred the hornet’s nest when the poll body admitted that there were eight VVPAT (Voter verifiable paper audit trail) machines which were mismatched, which means that 0.0004 per cent of the total votes did not match.
Standalone this tweet looks harmless, but when it is juxtaposed with another statement by the EC released just after the elections, it looks like not all is right with the poll body’s data. The EC had said after Lok Sabha 2019 elections that not a single VVPAT mismatch was found in the polling.
According to EC officials, these prima facie look like human errors which occurred in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and Andhra Pradesh. Officials also said the mismatches were for approximately 50 votes and it didn’t impact the general elections results.
However, experts are questioning the EC’s data now. They are questioning why final figures haven’t been made public yet and why did the EC immediately after the elections say that there wasn’t any mismatch in the VVPAT tally.
Sources within the commission told India Today that the EC was still in the process of finalising the voter tally and they would be made public once the collation process was over.
The question still remains, if there are eight mismatches found by the EC’s own admission, is there a possibility of more mismatches coming to the fore in the days to come?
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