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Added on : 2019-05-22 17:54:00

The results for the Delhi Lok Sabha seats may be formally declared around four to five hours behind schedule on May 23, Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said, attributing the delay to the extra time required for counting voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs). "From each of the 70 assembly constituencies, five (VVPATs) will be randomly selected and they will be counted for which there is a special VVPAT counting booth in every counting hall. It will take place in five rounds," Singh said.

This comes a day after the Election Commission on Sunday had to conduct a repoll at one polling booth in Chandni Chowk assembly constituency, owing to a misstep by the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer had forgotten to delete the test votes, which are cast by polling agents of participating political parties before the actual voting begins. This was the only booth in Delhi, that saw voters having to get inked again. However, the repoll saw an eight percentage point dip in voter turnout, which Singh described as unsatisfactory. He said that the VVPATs from each of the 70 assembly constituencies in the Capital will be counted after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is concluded as per Supreme Court guidelines.

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