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Malfunctioning EVMs temporarily disrupt polling process in several cities in Gujarat

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The election in six municipal corporations of Gujarat was partially affected due to malfunctioning EVMs. Long queues of voters were witnessed in polling booths since morning. However, the problem in EVMs was a dampener and voters had to wait in the queues for a longer time.

In Vadodara’s Chhani area, there was a problem in EVM in ward 1 after which officials started repairing the machine which affected the voting process for 25 minutes. Similarly, in ward 7 of Surat Municipal Corporation, EVM malfunctioned in a booth in Kendriya Vidyalaya that affected the voting process for a while.

Reportedly, the voting process was affected for over an hour after an EVM malfunctioned in Ahmedabad’s A-1 School in Juhapura area. The voting process was also affected at Ahmedabad’s Madhav Vidhya Vihar School in the Vastral area. The Congress candidate in the area has raised objections against malfunctions in EVMs. Congress has also registered a complaint before the State Election Commission over the issue of malfunctioning EVMs.

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This apart, there are also reports of clashes between BJP and Congress supporters in booth number 62 to 71 in Vatva.

Over 43k policemen deployed

Out of the 2,276 candidates in the fray in six municipal corporations, 577 are from BJP, 566 from Congress, 470 from AAP, 91 from NCP, 353 from other parties and 228 Independents. The total number of voters in the six cities stands at 1.14 crore that includes 60.60 lakh men and 54.06 lakh women. There are 11,121 polling booths out of which 2,255 are sensitive and 1,188 are very sensitive.

Over 43,000 policemen have been deployed to maintain law and order and for the smooth conduct of elections in the six municipal corporations. It includes 25,000 personnel from regular units, 15,000 home guards and 3,000 from State Reserve Police Force (SRPF).

 

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