There are no “ghost voters” in the Lok Sabha election as reported by certain media houses, said the Election Commission on Saturday. Media houses had brought out discrepancies in voting based on the provisional turn-out data uploaded on ECI’s website, reported The Hindu.
“The provisional voter turnout data, reported on the ECI website, is only the tentative number of voters and not the final numbers. Therefore, it is an incorrect inference to find ghost voters when there are none,” the EC said in a statement.
The election commission also informed in a statement, said that two kinds of votes, the ones polled in EVM’s and postal ballots, are calculated towards the final result.
“The provisional voter turnout data is displayed as a percentage figure on the ECI website and the voter helpline mobile app on the poll day as uploaded by the Returning Officer/Assistant Returning Officer…” Based on the EVM votes and the postal ballots, the Returning Officer prepares Form 21E (the certificate given to the winning candidates) and the index card in which the break-up of the turnout is tallied to get the final turnout for each constituency. “For the General Election, 2019, the Commission has already directed all the Returning Officers on March 26, 2019, to send the index cards within 15 days of the declaration of the results,” the EC said.