FORM 17C (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Polity)

News-CRUX-10     24th May 2024        
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Context: Former election commissioner addresses concerns over bias, turnout figures, and Form 17C, emphasizing the robustness of crosschecks and dismissing claims of data or vote manipulation.

Form 17C

  • About: As per the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961, the Election Commission of India (ECI) maintains two forms: Forms 17A and 17C.
  • Purpose: Form 17A records details of every voter who casts a vote in a polling booth, while Form 17C accounts for all the votes recorded.
  • Mandate for Presiding Officer: Rule 49S (2) mandates the presiding officer to provide a copy of the entries made in Form 17C to the polling agents of candidates at the close of polling.
  • Information in Part I of Form 17C: Part I includes crucial information such as EVM identification numbers, total assigned electors, voters recorded in Form 17A, voters who abstained, those not allowed to vote, and test votes.
  • Part II of Form 17C: Part II contains the results of the counting conducted on the stipulated day.
  • Voter Turnout: The Election Commission is not legally obligated to publish voter turnout data at aggregate levels such as constituency or state, as voter turnout is recorded at the polling station level in Form 17C, prepared and signed by the presiding officer and polling agents of candidates present.