Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls: Huge turnout despite large-scale complaints of EVM malfunctioning

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Voting for the 230 seats of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections started on Wednesday as voters queued up across the state to exercise their rights to vote. However, there have been several incidents of EVMs malfunctioning.

In the state capital Bhopal, voters had to wait for at least one hour as they polling could not start due to the faulty EVMs. The similar incident was report from a model polling booth in Ujjain, where local residents complaining of being made to wait for the same reason.

Meanwhile, top leaders from both the Congress and the ruling BJP visited temples to offer prayers ahead of the polling. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan offered his prayers before the polling began on the banks of Narmada river, in Budhni. Kamal Nath of the Congress too went to a Hanuman temple in Chhindwara to pray.

Chouhan said that he was ‘100% certain that BJP will form government with an absolute majority.’

Madhya Pradesh has 230 seats and Chouhan is seeking a fourth term as the state’s chief minister. The counting will take place on 11 December.

Also going to polls today is Mizoram. The north-east state rev corded 15% voting till 9 am today.

Here are the live updates:

  • 74.61% voter turnout recorded till 6 pm in Madhya Pradesh
  • 50% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in Madhya Pradesh, says Election Commission
  • 35% Polling in MP so far, highest in Kamal Nath’s Chhindwara at 46% and lowest in Sheopur at just 23.5%: Journalist Aman Sharma
  • Kamal Nath on alleged violation of poll codes by showing his party;s symbol: I had already cast my vote. When people asked me when those from media asked me whom I have voted for I showed this (palm). What else could have I done? Show a lotus?: ANI
  • We have written to EC and requested that voting time in these booths be extended to compensate for the delay caused by EMV malfunctioning: Jyotiraditya Scindia
  • Only 13% voting reported from Madhya Pradesh in the first three hours, while percentage of polling in Mizoram in the same period has been 25%
  • EVMs malfunctioning being reported from 70 places across Madhya Pradesh
  • Election Commission announces Rs 10 lakh each compensation for the kin of the EC officials who passed away while on election duty- ANI
  • Kamal Nath of Congress after casting his vote 
  • Two faulty EVMs in Ujjain have been replaced, 11 VVPAT machines in Alirajpur, 5 VVPAT and 2 EVMs in Burhanpur also replaced.
  • One presiding officer dies during voting in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna, 2 pass away due to cardiac arrest in Indore.
  • Police seizes campaign material from BJP’s polling agents from a polling booth in Saint Mary’s, Bhopal as it was within 200 meters of a polling booth. One person taken to custody- ANI

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