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Saturday, October 24, 2009 10:30:28 AM, Staff Reporter

Returning Officer Ajay More announcing the election results for Malegaon (Central) assembly seat


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Malegaon: It was testing times for the Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh assembly aspirants as the Election Commission had scheduled the counting of the votes a long ten days after the polling. However, the local Returning Officer by declaring the election results in a record time provided the candidates who contested the October 13 elections in Malegaon a timely relief.


Along with other counting centers in three states, counting of the votes in Malegaon also began at 08:00 on October 22 morning. But Ajay More, the exuberant Returning Officer in the Malegaon (Central) assembly constituency surprised everyone by finishing the counting by 09:30 AM - a record one and half hour time.


The next moment the results were flashing on television screens followed by an acknowledgment: 'Malegaon is the first assembly constituency in Maharashtra to announce the election results.'


Malegaon (Central) had recorded an impressive 63.30% polling on October 13, 2009. There were 192 polling booths all over the constituency having a whopping 96% Muslim voters. The counting team led by Returning Officer Ajay More had arranged 14 tables for counting of the total 1,51,088 votes stored in 192 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM). The final result took 14 rounds of counting. Counting in 13 rounds were done on 14 tables whereas the final 14th round was done on 10 tables. The counting that began exactly at 08:00 in the morning ended at 09:30 AM.


A record in itself. But Returning Officer Ajay More says he had planned to finish the counting even faster. "In fact, I was confident of finishing the counting in 1 hour 10 minutes. I was late by 20 minutes. Still I am first  in the state to announce the election results", a beaming Ajay More shared with


The reason for his confidence was the determination and efficiency - something that normally miss with government officials - with which Ajay More worked ever since the polling for the assembly election was over on October 13.


Ajay More's IT Hands...

"My computer team headed by Ashfaque Ansari developed the software specially for me. Using that I converted the 35 report formats into one. It immensely helped me in saving the required time"

- Returning Office

Ajay More

"The software provided by the Election Commission was good. But I did not rely on that. Instead, my computer team headed by Ashfaque Ansari developed one specially for me. Using that I converted the 35 report formats into one. It immensely helped me in saving the required time", said Ajay More.


The software that Ashfaque developed for Ajay More also provided him the facility to check and counter-check the results before announcing.


"Before announcing the progressive results after every round, I needed to check if they are accurate. The software had a simple command to do it with optimal perfection and timing", Ajay More said to


While the IT team comprised of Mudassar Nazar, Habib and Sajid besides Ashfaque Ansari, Ajay More was assisted by Assistant Tehsildars TJ Patil, Rao Saheb, Bagade, and Kundan Awasti and Damne from Municipal Corporation.


"When Election Officials were busy in training the counting staffs after the polling was over on October 13, we were conducting the mock tests to check the accuracy of our software", said Ashfaque Ansari who was leading the IT team.


"By the team the counting day arrived, we were fully ready to finish the calculation of each round's total votes and final result as quickly as possible", he added.


The counting staff and other officials were also pleased over the entire arrangements. "When we arrived at the counting centre, the data structures were readily available in five computers. What we needed to do was enter the total votes counted on 14 tables in each round and the result was available immediately", said Kundan Awasti.


Returning Officer Ajay More, who is also Prant Officer and Sub District Magistrate of Malegaon, had during the parliamentary elections received the distinction of issuing maximum number of election identity cards in Nashik district. With elections over, he is now planning for fool-proof and error-free ID cards in his constituency.












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