Bhubaneswar: counting can be delayed in Odisha due to double polls for LS and Assembly, says CEO

BHUBANESWAR: The Vote Count In Odisha Will Have A Longer Duration Than Its National Counterparts Due To The Simultaneous Count Of The State Assembly Elections Along With Lok Sabha To Be Held On May 23. As Such, The Count Will Be A Longer Process Than Normal At The National Level Due To Chance. Selection Of Five Booths In Each Circumscription For Vote Count On VVPAT Machines To Match The Results Of The EVM, Chief Elections Leader Surendra Kumar Said.

" The Counting Window Will Be Longer For What We Are Preparing. In Odisha, The Situation Is Different From That Of Other States, Since We Are Organizing Simultaneous Elections Of Lok Sabha And The Assembly, So It Will Take More Time." There Will Be Seven Tables Each For The Counting Of The Votes Of Lok Sabha And The Assembly," Kumar Said.

In Addition, For The First Time, There Will Be A Voter-verified Voter Verification Record (VVPAT) That Will Have Five Booths In Each Circumscription, Which Will Be Selected At Random Through A Transparent Lottery System. The VVPAT Five Count Will Be Performed Sequentially, Whose Duration Will Be Five Times More Than It Would Have Taken If It Was Conducted Simultaneously, Kumar Added.

He Also Mentioned, It Will Take At Least One Hour To Draw A Lottery For Paper Audit Follow Up Verifications For Each VVPAT Machine, For Four Additional VVPATs It Will Take An Average Of Four Additional Hours To Count.

They Said That To Beat The Summer Heat, All The Counting Centers In Odisha Will Have Air Conditioning For The First Time This Time.

A Two-Day Training Session For Officers Returning (RO) Began Here On Monday, Where The ROs Were Trained On The Counting Procedures And Standard Operating Procedures Regarding The VVPAT Count In The State. Until Last Year, 70 ROs From 15 Districts Participated On The First Day That ROS From The Remaining District Will Join The Training Session, Official Sources Said.

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