The Election Commission 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.

The law panel, in its report on electoral reforms submitted to the government last month has supported the use of the new machine.

It has recommended amendment to the Conduct of Election Rules to give Election Commission powers to use Totaliser for mixing of votes where it apprehends intimidation and victimisation of electors in any constituency.

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