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This is Why Election Commission Website Lagged for Two Hours on Counting Day

The Election Commission's own website was lagging and showing two-hour-old voting numbers in a situation which was changing every minute.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:December 12, 2018, 8:08 PM IST
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File photo of the Election Commission of India building in New Delhi.

What's in a name? While the bard surmises not that much, the Election Commission of India may not agree with him.

Even as the whole country was glued to their TVs, phones, and computers on the day that the results of assembly elections of five states (ahem, Madhya Pradesh) were to be announced, media organizations around India provided a constantly updating stream of coverage of the latest counts. Every constituency in Rajasthan, Mizoram, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was closely monitored so as to provide the public with the most recent polls, which would help choose the state governments. Every site was updated with all the latest figures. Every site, except one.

The Election Commission's own website was lagging and showing two-hour-old voting numbers in a situation which was changing every minute. While one might be tempted to blame this on the Windows 95 systems and Internet Explorer browser they presumably use (hey, we don't know; they never invited us over), the reason was far more random.

According to the Indian Express, the reason behind the lag was that one particular Mizo political party's name was longer than the 60 characters limit, causing problems with the system's pagination of counting leads. If that's gobbledygook to you, don't feel bad; we're tech-challenged as well.

Basically, the Peoples Representation for Identity and Status of Mizoram (PRISM) Party had too long a name for the system/software/whatever to compute/process/figure out. Huh, guess there's something in a name after all.

In any case, once the problem was identified, it was promptly recitified, and the lag was removed and all was right with the world again.

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