Lok Sabha Election 2019: Increase in VVPAT verification can delay election results

The Election Commission informed that there might be a delay in the declaration of election results by four to five hours. However, the final tally for the same is likely to be clear on May 24

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The counting of votes for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is scheduled on May 23. However, the poll results can be delayed by at least four to five hours because the counting authorities will have to verify an increased number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips.  

After the fifth phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, almost 21 opposition parties had filed a petition demanding that 50 per cent of the VVPAT slips should be verified. However, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday rejected the same.

The Supreme Court on April 8 ordered the Election Commission to carry out VVPAT verification from one to five polling booths in each assembly segment of the parliamentary constituency. Hence, the EC has informed that there will be a delay in the process of counting votes. 

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SC had earlier said that the increase in the number of poll booths for verification of VVPAT is being done to ensure the accuracy and satisfaction in the electoral process. 

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