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Centre favours in SC booth-wise counting of ballots in polls


Government has favoured in the Supreme Court the existing practice of booth-wise counting of votes, saying it helps candidates and political parties in improving their performance.

The Centre, in an affidavit, said the Election Commission’s proposal for using totaliser machine for counting of votes was referred to a team of ministers, headed by the Union Home Minister, for examining its feasibility and usefulness.

The team of ministers has come to the conclusion that revelation of booth-wise votes polled by a candidate would be more beneficial and useful since it would facilitate the candidates and parties to find out the areas where they have shown better result and where they have not shown good result.

The Union government’s response came on a petition which claimed that the declaration of result of every polling booth strikes at the root of right to privacy attached to voting.

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