Reports of faulty EVMs rock Gujarat, Election Commission says machines replaced

Salman Nizami Rahul Gandhi

Salman Nizami with Rahul Gandhi

Acting upon such complaints, the EC even visited a polling booth in Thakkar Plot, Porbandar for inspection, and EVM engineer S Anand told media, "The name that you give to your Bluetooth device will be shown when it is paired to another device".

Reports of malfunctioning of EVMs or technical snag continued from Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions including Rajkot, Surat, Amreli districts. It happened in Uttar Pradesh polls as well. It has raised issues such as the BJP's "hollow development model", besides demonetisation and GST. "The EVM system is in dire conditions at the moment while the Election Commission just looks on silently", added Badshah.

After that The Election Commission said the faulty machines are being replaced immediately.

A couple casting their ballots in polling booth of Bharuch before participating wedding ceremony. The party, which earlier suggested placing cellphone jammers outside rooms where EVMs would be kept, has deployed a team of three lawyers and experts for every constituency.

On the day of counting, a mandatory count of the VVPAT paper slips will be carried out by randomly selecting one polling station per Assembly constituency "on a pilot basis" for greater transparency and credibility of the election process, the official said. "Sometime later, that too went bad", said Shaktisinh Gohil, who is contesting from Mandvi.

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Chief Election Officer (CEO) B B Swain said an inquiry was ordered into the matter and the collector and the observer of the Election Commission (EC) were sent to the spot. However, Congress has alleged that there are technical issues regarding to EVMs.

"I've been extremely sceptical of EVM-related conspiracy theories but I'm beginning to question my unwavering faith in the machines and their infallibility", Abdullah wrote in a Twitter post. Some EVMs were not working in Porbandar, Surat, Kutch, Rajkot and Navsari.

The first-phase of polling will take place on Saturday and the second phase on December 14.

Polling, which began at 8 am, will end at 5 pm.

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