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Bihar polls: 100% match in VVPAT slips and EVM tallies | India News

Bihar polls: 100% match in VVPAT slips and EVM tallies | India News

NEW DELHI: VVPAT slips counted in 1215 randomly selected polling stations across 243 assembly constituencies in recent Bihar elections were a 100% match with the corresponding EVM tally, the Election Commission said on Wednesday. The disclosure comes in spite of several allegations of irregularities on counting day, particularly from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
According to the norm laid down by the Supreme Court, VVPAT slips are matched with the count of votes in the corresponding EVMs for five polling stations, on a random selection basis, in each assembly segment. As per the rules, in the unlikely event of the VVPAT slip count not matching with EVM vote tally, it is the VVPAT slip count that is taken as final while computing the result.
Mahagathbandhan constituents including RJD and Congress had on the day of counting of votes in Bihar, alleged lapses in the counting process in seats where the victory margins were narrow. RJD leader Manof Jha alleged that leaders from the ruling JD(U) and BJP were “misusing their official power” to delay handing over of certificates to winning candidates, and thereby leaving the scope for tampering of final results. Congress’s Randeep Surjewala too alleged that in Kishanganj, the Congress candidate had won by 1,266 votes but denied a winning certificate.
The Election Commission had, on its part, denied any allegations of irregularities in the counting process.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, eight cases of mismatch between VVPAT slip count and EVM count were reported, with the largest difference being of 34 votes.