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Bypolls 2018: Parties play blame game over faulty EVMs, EC says reports exaggerated

By Oneindia Staff Writer

Bypolls to four Lok Sabha constituencies, including the politically-crucial Kairana, and ten assembly seats in 10 states were held on Monday amid complaints that electronic voting machines were not working at some places.

SP demands re-polling in booths where voting got delayed by over 1.5 hrs

Polling was held for Lok Sabha seats are Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra and the sole parliamentary constituency in Nagaland. The by-elections will also be held in Noorpur (Uttar Pradesh), Shahkot (Punjab), Jokihat (Bihar), Gomia and Silli (Jharkhand), Chengannur (Kerala), Palus Kadegaon (Maharashtra), Ampati (Meghalaya), Tharali (Uttarakhand) and Maheshtala (West Bengal). Counting will take place on May 31.

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11:51 PM, 28 May
EVM machines are sensitive to heat and dust. We knew about it and were prepared for it. We had engineers to tackle the problem, says EC official
10:40 PM, 28 May
Malfunctioning was reported in 384 VVPAT machines. Of this 29 were in Noorpur. Apart from this, three EVMs also malfunctioned in Shamli.
10:40 PM, 28 May
54% turnout in Kairana, 61% in Noorpur Kairana parliamentary constituency has five assembly segments -- Shamli, Thana Bhawan and Kairana in Shamli district, and Gangoh and Nakur in Saharanpur district
9:25 PM, 28 May
They said, the voting percentage in Ampati was 90.42 per cent, in Gomia and Silli it was 62.61 and 75.5 per cent respectively, while 70 per cent voting was recorded till 5 pm in Maheshtala, and Jokikhat registered 53 per cent polling till 5 pm.
9:25 PM, 28 May
According to election commission sources, there were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere.
9:24 PM, 28 May
The Lok Sabha and Assembly byolls in northeastern and eastern states passed off peacefully today amid tight security with 70 per cent voters exercising their franchise for the lone parliamentary seat in Nagaland, election commission sources said.
8:34 PM, 28 May
54.17% polling in Kairana bypoll and 61% IN Noorpur assembly bypoll: EC
8:34 PM, 28 May
54.17% polling in Kairana bypoll and 61% IN Noorpur assembly bypoll: EC
8:33 PM, 28 May
Some VVPAT machines malfunctioned at the time of voting. It was due to scorching heat. We solved the problem by repairing most of them. The machines which could not repaired, were immediately replaced. News of re-polling is wrong, says Abhimanya Kale, Bhandara DM.
8:26 PM, 28 May
"The polling percentage till 5pm is 70.01," said an Election Commission official
7:58 PM, 28 May
Counting of votes for Shahkot assembly seat to take place on May 31
7:39 PM, 28 May
75%and 62% voter turnout recorded in Jharkhand’s Silli and Gomia assembly constituencies, says Chief Electoral Officer L Khiyante.
7:39 PM, 28 May
Former Punjab home minister Brij Bhupinder Lalli has been arrested for taking his licensed revolver inside the polling booth in Malsian.
6:51 PM, 28 May
In Maharashtra, Election Commission officer said 156 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) or EVMs were replaced. Reports said defective machines hit polling in both Palghar and Bhandara-Ghondiya.
6:51 PM, 28 May
Mriganka Singh, BJP Candidate from Kairana Lok Sabha bypolls, says, "There was massive technical snag in the EVMs and total breakdown of systems. My supporters went back without voting as machines were not working. My party leaders have approached the EC regarding the matter."
5:56 PM, 28 May
BJP delegation met EC officials in Delhi over reports of malfunctioning in EVMs during by-polls today.
5:46 PM, 28 May
All the electors who are in the queue in the polling booth, at the time of close of voting, should be facilitated to cast their votes. This is given due publicity by the concerned district election machinery in the polling areas, says Election Commission
5:39 PM, 28 May
69% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in Shahkot assembly by-election in Punjab
5:39 PM, 28 May
70.01% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in Maheshtala assembly by-poll in West Bengal.
4:46 PM, 28 May
"The issues were being faced in VVPAT machines and not EVMs. The problem has been solved now. Some machines have been replaced at some booths. The voting is now running smoothly," says Vikram Singh, District Magisterate of Shamli
4:32 PM, 28 May
SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, says, " After multi-party delegation met Election Commission over by-polls in Kairana and Noorpur. We demanded from EC, re-polling in places where more than 1 and a half hours were wasted and extra time after 6 pm for voters in places where less time was wasted so that they can vote."
4:18 PM, 28 May
The Election Commission termed as "exaggerated projection of reality" reports of 'large scale' failure of EVMs during Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, reports PTI
3:53 PM, 28 May
The voter turn out in Maheshtala was recorded at 67 percent till 3 pm.
3:53 PM, 28 May
41% votes polled till 3 pm in Raja Rajeswari Nagar constituency of Bengaluru. Moderate polling has been recorded in the Raja Rajeshwari Nagar constituency amid tight security, an official said on Monday.
3:25 PM, 28 May
Over 40 percent polling was recorded till 1 pm in Shahkot Assembly constituency of Punjab. "44 percent polling has been recorded till 1 pm in Shahkot Assembly constituency," Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) S Karuna Raju told PTI.
2:54 PM, 28 May
The Election Commission clarified that that there were no cancellations in Bhandara-Gondiya, according to News18. Earlier, there were reports that polling was cancelled in at least 35 polling stations after serious malfunctioning in the VVPAT EVMs.
2:44 PM, 28 May
Leaders from both parties are set to meet EC officials at 3.15 pm, as per reports.
2:44 PM, 28 May
Punjab Congress Chief Sunil Jakhar holds press conference while bypoll is underway in Shahkot. Jakhar attacks Modi government over petrol prices, says state government is about to waive off farm loans. SAD has filed complaint with CEO as opposition alleges violation of model code of conduct.
2:09 PM, 28 May
19.25% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in #Palghar by-poll Maharashtra
2:03 PM, 28 May
Dr Prashant Narnaware, Returning Officer on Palghar by-poll, says, "Encountered problems and panic in the initial hours. Nothing has happened after 12 pm. The new machines are working properly. We are in consultation with Central Election Commission about extension of voting time."

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