EC mulls counting votes with Totaliser Machine

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Raisen, MP, Nov 20 (UNI) In order to maintain confidentiality of the voting to be caste through Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), the Election Commission (EC) is considering the use of 'Totaliser Machine'.

In this regard, the Commission is going to held a meeting with all prominent parties in December.

A total of 14-15 EVMs would be connected to a totaliser machine, which would count all the votes, and confidentiality of poll booths would be maintained, EC Deputy Commissioner R Balkrishnan told UNI here.

Mr Balkrishnan arrived here to attend a poll-related meeting with District Collector, Superintendents of Police, Central Observer and Madhya Pradesh's Chief Electoral Officer J S Mathur.

Since, EVMs have been installed poll station-wise instead of ballot papers for voting, the question has been raised about its secrecy.

Not only poll rivalry increases, but development works also get affected in the constituency where EVM displays more votes for any party, he said.

''Priority would be given to the voters having identity card and the rest can also cast their votes with authorised identity cards in separate queues,'' Mr Mathur said.

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