Asserting that all the electronic voting machines are tamper-proof, District Election Officer-cum-Collector Gaurav Uppal on Tuesday said matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) slips with EVMs is only to instill confidence among stakeholders..
The counting of VVPAT slips will happen only at the end of the day, after tally on all the EVMs is completed, he said. Explaining the steps taken for the counting day on Thursday, Mr. Uppal said each of the seven Assembly segments that constitute the Nalgonda Lok Sabha constituency has been allotted a separate counting hall at the Duppallapally FCI godowns on the outskirts of the town. There are 14 tables for counting of votes of each segment and the process will be monitored by an Assistant Returning Officer, who also has a micro observer to doubly verify the tally. The eighth hall will count service votes received through Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS). Above all the 1, 500 personnel involved in the mega event, there will be two General Observers, Mr. Uppal said. .