Assembly Elections 2023 News: Voting has taken place for assembly elections in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Now voting is to be held in Rajasthan on 25th and in Telangana on 30th November. After this, counting of votes for the five states will take place on December 3. People have many questions in their minds regarding vote counting. People want to know how the votes are counted. How are the votes cast in EVMs counted? Here we will give you answers to every question related to counting of votes.
Counting of votes begins with the counting of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETPB) and Postal Ballot (PB). These votes are counted under the supervision of the Returning Officer (RO). Counting of votes cast in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can begin half an hour after the start of counting of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot (ETPB) and Postal Ballot (PB). Even if the counting of postal ballots has not been completed. You must have often heard that the counting of round one, round two and three rounds has been completed. Let us tell you that round means counting of votes cast in 14 EVMs. When votes cast in 14 EVMs are counted, it is considered as one round.
Where are votes counted?
After the elections, EVMs are stored in the strong room built for the constituency. On the day the counting of votes takes place, the counting of votes also takes place in the same strong room. A returning officer is posted in every strong room. Before starting the counting, the seal of the EVM is dissolved in the presence of the candidate or his representative. The candidate remains present in the hall along with his counting agent and election agent until the counting process is completed.
Data is kept safe after counting
After counting of votes, it is saved in the control unit memory system. This data remains in the control unit until it is deleted. The responsibility of counting the votes rests with the election officer i.e. Returning Officer (RO). A government officer or a local body officer is made the returning officer.
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