For the first time, the Election Commission is considering mixing up the electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the counting so that counting agents will not be able to identify which constituency a particular EVM belongs to.
The EC is trying to remove any fears people may have about voting as some political parties have allegedly threatened voters that they can find out who they have voted for during counting.
“The Commission is examining a proposal to mix up the EVMs while counting so that no one can identify which constituency the machines belong to,” said chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar.
Kumar said that following reports regarding money distribution, the Election Commission is monitoring the situation. “If malpractices continue, the commission could even postpone or countermand the polls,” he said. However, the commission had been able to stop money flow to a large extent this time.