Complaints of technical glitches; Voting yet to begin in 3 polling booths in Nadapuram
Thiruvananthapuram: Voting in many polling booths was delayed due to the glitches in Electronic Voting Machines in the state. Voting is yet to begin in three polling booths at Nadapuram in Kozhikode. Voters were forced to wait in the long queues due to the technical issues in the machines. In some places, voting resumed after replacing the voting machines.
Glitches in Electronic Voting Machines in some polling booths have been reported in the initial hours of voting in the state. In the early hours, glitches in the machine were reported at Cherthala in Alappuzha district and Kovalam in the state capital.
However, Thiruvananthapuram district collector K Vasuki dismissed reports of glitches in the machine in Kovalam and said it was ensured to be error-free and the polling continued.
EVM glitches was reported at Kannur RC Amala Basic School where Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan arrived to cast his vote.
After exercising his franchise, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told reporters that there was some problem in the voting machine in his booth and in two other places nearby.
Issues relating to the voting machines have been reported from various other places in the state, he said adding the Election Commission should have ensured that they were free of any glitches.
In Kovalam, technical glitches were reported at booth number 151 in Chowara. It was alleged that while casting vote to UDF, the vote was recorded for the lotus symbol. According to reports, the EVM was replaced following the protests of UDF activists.
Meanwhile, LDF activists also raised similar complaints in Cherthala. They complained that all votes cast to different parties were recorded to BJP during the mock poll due to the error in the EVM. Following this, the machines were replaced.
At the same time, two EVMS were replaced at a booth in Ambalakkara in Kollam. Voting was delayed in booths at Paravur due to EVM glitches.
Similar issues were reported at Peerumedu and Koduvakaranam in Kottayam.