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Gujarat polls: Congress candidate files complaint with EC over EVM malfunctioning

Gujarat polls: Congress candidate files complaint with EC over EVM malfunctioning”

"Congress Porbandar candidate Arjun Modhwadia also accused the opposition of connecting EVMs to the mobile phone bluetooth".

According to media reports, there's a sizebale chunk of young voters that have made a beeline for the polling booths in the first phase of polling across 89 constituencies in 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and southern regions.

Meanwhile, the poll panel also received several complaints over Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) malfunctioning in Kosamba region of Valsad district. In Porbandar, there were 8 voting stations where EVM equipment found fault, and in Amreli five voting booths have glitches in EVM. The malfunctioning EVMS were placed in 16 rural and urban constituencies of Surat, NDTV reported. People were seen complaining as they were not able to cast their votes despite standing in queues since morning.

The EC stated that the safeguards comprised of the First Level Checking (FLC) of all the EVMs and VVPATs, strict regime of Mock Polls conducted on each and every EVM and VVPAT, Candidate Setting and Poll Day (before the beginning of actual polls), two-stage randomisation of EVMs and VVPATs, stringent security protocols for storage of the EVMs and VVPATs before, during and after the polls, and comprehensive videography and CCTV coverage of all the EVM and VVPAT related activities and storage in strongrooms. "One machine here was replaced after one and a half hours, some time later that too went bad", said Shaktisinh Gohil, who is contesting from Mandvi.

"I suspect a conspiracy against the Dalit voters by BJP, which has never supported the Dalit community".

The Chief Electoral Officer for Gujarat B B Swain stated that a probe has been ordered into Modhwadia's plea. "All the machines got connected to bluetooth of three mobile phones", he said.

Some EVMs were not working in Porbandar, Surat, Kutch, Rajkot and Navsari.

While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is fighting hard to retain their stronghold in the state, the Congress is trying to return to power after 22 years. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD-U while independents hold the remaining two.

Polling, which began at 8 a.m., will end at 5 p.m.

Of the 2,12,31,652 voters, 1,11,05,933 are males and 1,01,25,472 females while 247 are from the third gender.

The second phase polling is on 14 December and counting, along with that of Himachal Pradesh, will be held on 18 December.



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