As the second phase of Lok Sabha elections got underway, EVM glitches were reported from several constituencies polling on Thursday.
Technical glitches delayed the start of polling in a number of booths.
Mathura: People queue up outside booth number number 46 in Gantholi village of Govardhan block. The voting is yet to begin here due to EVM malfunction. #LokSabhaElections2019pic.twitter.com/FxM95M7VLi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 18, 2019
In Assam’sNorth Karimganj, not a single vote had been cast till 10:30 am due to EVM malfunction, News18reported.
West Bengal: Polling is yet to begin at booth number 29/134 at Islampur Hindi FP School of Uttar Dinajpur, in Raiganj Parliamentary constituency, as the EVM at the booth is not functioning. #LokSabhaElections2019— ANI (@ANI) April 18, 2019
Voters found the BJP symbol on an EVM covered in black tape at polling booth in Darjeeling, West Bengal, according to India Today.
Voting reportedly halted in Maharashtra’s Solapur booth because of glitching EVMs, Hindustan Times reported.
Times Now said the Congress has complained to the Election Commission EVMs not working was leading to a low voter turnout in Maharashtra.
Several constituencies of Odisha reported EVM malfunctions. According to Firstpost, polling began late in six booths of Sundergarh constituency
Phase 1 of the elections had also seen widespread reports of EVM glitches, particularly in Andhra Pradesh. CM Chandrababu Naidu had written to the EC demanding repoll in 150 polling stations due to reports of faulty machines.