Friday, June 14, 2024

Election Commission releases “absolute number of voters” for five phases of LS elections

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Saturday released the absolute number of voters for the first five phases of the Lok Sabha elections following a sustained pressure from non-BJP parties, independent media houses and civil society groups and activists.

In a statement, the ECI said it has noted “the pattern of false narratives and mischievous design to vitiate electoral process.”

The statement comes a day after the Supreme Court of India adjourned petitions seeking release of booth-wise numbers of voter turnout and copies of Form 17C (which reflects the votes polled in each polling station) on the ECI’s website within 48 hours of polling, saying it cannot do so in the midst of elections.

“The Commission feels duly strengthened by the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s observations and verdict on the process of release of turnout data by the Election Commission of India. This brings upon the Commission, a higher responsibility to serve the cause of electoral democracy with undeterred resolution,” read the statement by poll panel.

“The Commission remains fully committed to highest level of transparency and involvement of stakeholders at every stage of electoral cycle,” the statement added.

The poll panel said it has decided to further expand the format of turnout data to include the absolute number of voters in every parliamentary constituency.

“The absolute numbers are discernable parliamentary constituency-wise by all citizens by applying the turnout percentage to total electors, both already made available in the public domain,” the ECI added.

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