Malfunctioning in EVMs mars Rajasthan assembly polls

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Voters in Rajasthan and Telangana have begun queuing up outside polling booths to cast their votes in assembly elections. According to the Election Commission, 21.89% votes have been cast by 11 AM in Rajasthan, while the voters turnout in Telangana was 22 % at the same time.

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Rajasthan has the BJP government, headed by Vasundhara Raje, who is seeking a second term in office. Other than the anti-incumbency, Raje has also been facing growing infighting within the party. The state has had a history of changing the government every five years. According to opinion polls, the Congress was set to form a government in the state with 200 assembly seats.

In Telangana, the ruling TRS too is hoping to return to power for the second time. The party, supported by the AIMIM, is hoping to ward off the anti-incumbency, although the electoral fight here looks tough. Though, the BJP has no significant presence here, its leaders including Yogi Adityanath were accused of making desperate attempts to polarise votes along the religious line. Telangana has 119 seats.

Friday’s polls, dubbed as semi-finals before the next year’s Lok Sabha elections, were marred by several incidents of EVM malfunctioning. Voters, according to ANI, created ruckus at polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor constituency of Jalore as voting was halted for several hours following EVM malfunctioning. A report by ABP said that similar incidents were reported in Dungarpur, Piplai in Sawai Madhopur and Chatarpura too.

In Bikaner, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal returned from the polling booth without casting his vote as EVMs could not work due to malfunctioning. He returned to polling booth only after two hours when he was finally able to cast his vote.

Here are the live updates:

  • Voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in #RajasthanElections2018 is 72.7% (ANI)
  • Voter turnout recorded till 3 PM in #RajasthanElections2018 is 59.43% (ANI)
  • Voter turnout recorded till 3 PM in is 56.17% (ANI)
  • Voters turnout recorded at 1 pm in Telangana is 49.15%.
  • Voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in #TelanganaElections2018 is 49.15% (ANI)
  • Voter turnout in Rajasthan till 11 am is 21.89%
  • EVM is being replaced at polling booth no. 172 in Bikaner’s Kisamidesar following a technical issue, reports ANI
  • Appealing to the citizens of Telangana to exercise their right to vote today. Remember that every vote counts and will make a difference: Andhra CM N Chandrababu Naidu
  • Voting is yet to begin in polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor following EVM malfunction (ANI)
  • Sachin Pilot of Congress says his party will decide who will be the chief minister only after ‘our party gets a majority in the election.’
  • Every single vote counts. We have to cast our vote today by thinking who is actually taking the nation forward: Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
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