Reports of a largescale EVM and VVPAT malfunctioning have once again cast the shadow on the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. EVMs malfunctioning were first reported from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, where BJP’s Hema Malini is contesting from.
Similar complaints were received from Bolangir Lok Sabha seat in Odisha and Uttar Dinajpur in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency in West Bengal. In Bolangir, voting had to be halted at booths 261 and 263 due to EVM malfunctioning.
Mathura: People queue up outside booth number number 46 in Gantholi village of Govardhan block. The voting is yet to begin here due to EVM malfunction. #LokSabhaElections2019 pic.twitter.com/FxM95M7VLi
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 18, 2019
Surendra Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha, according to ANI, recommended re-polling in booth 213 in Sundergarh, booth 129 in Bonai, and booths 210 and 222 in Daspalla assembly constituency due to technical problems in EVM machines and VVPATs.
The District Magistrate of Beed in Maharashtra, Alok Kumar Pandey said that at least five places had reported EVM and VVPAT malfunctioning since morning in Beed constituency. “Those are Georai, Mazalgaon, Kej, Ashti, Parali. However all those machines have been replaced immediately and polling is going smoothly at all locations,” Pandey was quoted by news agency ANI.
Many social media users took to Twitter to allege that EVM was not working in Mysore too as voters had to wait for nearly an hour to cast their votes.
News website Firstpost reported that polling agents temporarily suspended voting at Rudrakshipura near Maddur in Mandya of Kaernataka after EVMs developed technical snags. Voters had to wait for a long time in a long queue to cast their votes as polling officials made arrangements for replacement machines.
The website also reported that voting had to be stopped at 15 polling booths in Trichy as EVMs were facing technical problems. In Erode, polling was stopped at three polling booths as EVMs had to be repaired and new machines were not kept in stock, thereby delaying voting.
In Nagercoil in Kanyakumari Lok Sabha constituency, voting was stopped at 33 polling booths for EVM repairs. Reports of VVPAT not working came from Assam, where polling station number 200 reported malfunctioning of VVPAT.
94 seats are going for polls in 11 seats for the second phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
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