A claim is doing the rounds on social media that there is a discrepancy between the number of votes cast and the number of votes counted in Farrukhabad Parliamentary Constituency (PC), Uttar Pradesh.
It alleges that on the polling day, a total of 8,67,891 votes were cast, but on the counting day, EVMs displayed 9,95,387 votes. It points towards a discrepancy of 1,27,496 ‘extra’ votes — that were never polled, but somehow counted.
‘फर्रुखाबाद में कुल पड़ा वोट 8,67,891 और ईवीएम ने गिनती की 9,95,387 तो 1,27,496 वोट कहा से आए’
The claim was also shared in a Facebook group named, ‘Akhilesh Yadav Fans Club & Samajwadi Party Supporters.’ This is an open group having over 3 lakh members. The post was shared hundreds of times via this group alone.
TRUE OR FALSE
The claim which is being circulated on social media is false.
First, we checked the website of Election Commission of India (ECI) to know the total number of votes counted. It can be seen that a total of 10,02,953 votes were counted for Farrukhabad constituency out of which 10,00,373 were EVM votes.
This busts the first claim made in the viral post, which says that 9,95,387 votes were counted by EVMs.
Now, let us look at the total number of votes which were cast on April 29, 2019 on the polling day. The polling percentage of Farrukhabad constituency was 58.67%, according to the data available on the website of Chief Electoral Officer, Uttar Pradesh (CEO, UP).
The same website also states that the total number of registered voters in the Farrukhabad PC are 17,03,926.
If we calculate the number of votes polled, using polling percentage and total number of registered voters, 58.67% of 17,03,926 is around 9,99,693 votes.
However, the EC website says that a total of 10,02,953 votes were counted (EVM votes-1000373; Postal votes-2580).
Upon noticing a discrepancy between total votes polled and votes counted, we contacted several officials in EC, UP. We received a response from Brahm Deo Tiwari, Additional CEO, UP who informed us that the total number of votes cast in Farrukhabad is 10,00,373, according to Suvidha portal. The data available on EC website also says that the total votes counted by EVM is 10,00,373. Hence, there is no discrepancy in the votes counted by EVM and votes polled.
Therefore, the claim made in the viral post that there is a discrepancy of 1.27 lakh votes is false.
(An earlier version of the story states that the difference was of 3,260 votes but later, when we took into consideration 2,580 postal votes, the difference remained only of 680 votes. However, the response by EC clearly shows that the votes counted by EVM and votes polled have no discrepancy).
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