March 2, 2009 3:49:30 am
The Election Commission tested the Totalizer machine after the counting of votes in the by-election to the Bhadohi Assembly seat got underway.
As the counting was done in the normal process,the machine was used for re-counting the votes after the declaration of results.
No discrepancy was found in the machine. The machine was used to re-count the polled votes. We got the same figure, said an official in the office of the Chief Election Officer.
The machine took about four hours to count the votes. This includes the time wasted due to the fault in the power supply, he said.
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The Commission will examine the inputs gathered in the test. If everything is satisfactory,the Commission may give the green signal for the use of this machine in the upcoming polls, the official said.
The use of Totalizer will help ensure secrecy of the pattern of voting in each booth,which is not possible with the EVMs.
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