The Election Commission wants to use a new machine which prevents disclosure of voting pattern during counting to enhance voter secrecy and has received the backing of the Law Commission, but the government is yet to take a final call on the issue. The EC has approached the Law Ministry with a proposal to introduce ‘Totaliser’ machine for counting of votes. The poll panel is of the view that by use of Totaliser, a further level of secrecy in voting and the mixing of votes at the time of counting will be achieved, which will prevent the disclosure of pattern of voting at a particular polling station.
The Law Ministry is the administrative ministry for the poll body.
But the government has not taken a considered view on introduction of the machine. It told the Supreme Court recently that the views of the Law Commission would be sought on the use of Totaliser for counting of votes.