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LS Election 2019 Phase 1 Polls updates: Less than 1 percent of voting machines replaced, says EC

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New Delhi, Apr 11: The first phase of voting was held across 91 Lok Sabha constituencies on Thursday. Election 2019 kicked off to a troubled start with two people being killed in clashes in Andhra Pradesh, IED blasts in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh, reports of EVM glitches and multiple complaints from voters about their names not being on the electoral list.

Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Polls Live: Seizures this year stands double to what seized in 2014

As round one of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election began in 91 constituencies across the length and breadth of India, from the hills of Kashmir to the islands of Andaman and Nicobar, reports of unrest and irregularities cast shadows over the world's biggest poll process.

There were reports of violence from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh while the chiefs of several parties, including TDP's N Chandrababu Naidu, AAP's Arvind Kejriwal and PDP's Mehbooba Mufti, came forward to complain about administrative and other lapses.

More than 14 crore people were listed to vote in the first phase, held in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two union territories. The votes for the election, being held over seven phases, will be counted on May 23.

The Election Commission said 0.73 % of the ballot units and 0.61 % of the control units of electronic voting machines had to be replaced. Also, the commission said 1.7 per cent of the VVPATs were replaced. This is the first Lok Sabha election where VVPATs have been attached to all voting machines.

Here are the Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1 Voting Updates:

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8:34 PM, 11 Apr
Chhattisgarh
Family members of BJP MLA Bheema Mandvi after casting their vote in Dantewada, earlier today. Bheema Mandvi had lost his life in a naxal attack in Dantewada on 9th April.
8:33 PM, 11 Apr
The Election Commission said there have been some incidents where EVMs have been damaged. 6 incidents in Andhra Pradesh, 5 in Arunachal Pradesh, 1 in Bihar, 2 in Manipur and 1 in West Bengal.
8:33 PM, 11 Apr
The Election Commission said voters in great number fearlessly used their franchise in Shyamgiri (in Bastar's Dantewada district) polling station. Turnout was 77% in this polling station.
8:31 PM, 11 Apr
Jammu and Kashmir
Army troops deployed in Siachen & along the LoC cast their vote. Election Commission had provided the facility to the troops deployed in remote areas to download ballot papers online,vote&forward the ballot papers to their respective Electoral Returning Officers through post
8:29 PM, 11 Apr
Total seizure so far has been double of that of 2014, standing at Rs 2426 crores. Out of which cash seized has been of Rs 607 crore, liquor Rs 198 crore, drugs Rs 1091 crore, metal Rs 486 crore and Freebie Rs 48 crore.
8:29 PM, 11 Apr
The Election Commission said 0.73 % of the ballot units and 0.61 % of the control units of electronic voting machines had to be replaced. Also, the commission said 1.7 per cent of the VVPATs were replaced. This is the first Lok Sabha election where VVPATs have been attached to all voting machines.
8:29 PM, 11 Apr
In the last one week 6 lakh new voters added. Of this 1.4 lakh are first time voters. Special provisions for disabled; 80,000 new identified in the same week for facilities, says Deputy EC Sandeep Saxena
8:29 PM, 11 Apr
Voter turnout for Phase 1 of voting
Lok Sabha Elections 2019 voter turnout for Phase 1 voting: Andaman & Nicobar Islands (1 seat) - 70.67%, Andhra Pradesh (25 seats) - 66%, Chhattisgarh (1 seat) - 56%, Telangana (17 seats) - 60%, Uttarakhand (5 seats) - 57.85%, Jammu & Kashmir (2 seats) - 54.49%, Sikkim (1 seat) - 69%, Mizoram (1 seat) - 60%, Nagaland (1 seat) - 78%, Manipur (1 seat) - 78.2%, Tripura (1 seat) - 81.8%, Assam (5 seats) - 68%, West Bengal (2 seats) - 81%. Final turnout is expected to rise, reports news agency ANI.
7:40 PM, 11 Apr
Odisha
Due to the Maoist fear, it is reported that about 15 booths in Malkangiri saw zero polling.
7:39 PM, 11 Apr
Election commission addresses media after completion of Phase 1 of 7 phased Lok Sabha elections 2019. 91 constituencies voted for their representatives which according to Election commission saw peaceful polling barring a few incidents
7:31 PM, 11 Apr
Odisha
Chief Electoral Officer, Surendra Kumar said,'' We have been successful in conducting the first phase of polls in a free, fair & peaceful manner. There has been no untoward incident whatsoever reported in the polls. The failure rate of EVMs has been under 1%.''
7:30 PM, 11 Apr
Odisha
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) & VVPATs being packed at a polling station in Kalahandi after voting concluded there.
7:29 PM, 11 Apr
Poll % till 5 PM
Bihar: 50.26% Telangana: 60.57% Meghalaya: 62% Uttar Pradesh: 59.77% Manipur: 78.20% Lakshadweep: 65.9% Assam: 68%
7:28 PM, 11 Apr
Mizoram
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ashish Kundra Thursday said the provisional figure on the voter turnout in the election to the lone Lok Sabha seat and by-poll to the Aizawl West-I seat was 61.29 per cent at five pm and was most likely to go up. He said polling was peaceful and there was no report of any violence from anywhere in the state.
7:28 PM, 11 Apr
Andaman Nicobar
The Deputy Election Commissioner, Umesh Sinha told reporters that the parliamentary constituency recorded a 70.67 % turn out.
7:13 PM, 11 Apr
Maharashtra
Naxalites attacked a police team returning after the close of polling in Atapalli in Gadchiroli. Three commandos of the police were injured in this attack. The injured were taken to Nagpur by air life. The Naxalites also fired on helicopters carrying the injured.
7:10 PM, 11 Apr
Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
Overview of phase 1 of Lok Sabha elections
7:08 PM, 11 Apr
Sikkim
An estimated 69 per cent of the voters in Sikkim have exercised their franchise till 5 pm today to elect a 32-member state Legislative Assembly as well as the lone Lok Sabha member from the state. There was no report of any violence from anywhere in the state during the polling of the state Assembly and the lone Lok Sabha seat which was held simultaneously, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ravindra Telang told PTI.
7:08 PM, 11 Apr
Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh
Overview of voter turnout till 5 pm.
7:03 PM, 11 Apr
Mehbooba Mufti tweeted in consideration of the 91-year-old Khajan Singh Saini, a voter all his life, whose name was missing from the voter list today.
6:12 PM, 11 Apr
Uttar Pradesh
Voter turnout till 5:00 PM in Kairana 60.3 percent, Meerut 60.5 percent and Bijnor 61.5 percent.
6:00 PM, 11 Apr
Meghalaya
75 percent voter turnout recorded in Meghalaya till 5 pm.
5:59 PM, 11 Apr
Nagaland
73 percent voter turnout recorded in Nagaland till 4 pm.
5:58 PM, 11 Apr
Maharashtra
Polling for seven Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and the Naxal-affected Bastar constituency in neighbouring Chhattisgarh came to an end at 5 pm.
5:32 PM, 11 Apr
Chhattisgarh
Reports say that police personnel returning for poll duty in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur were attacked by the Maoists.
5:21 PM, 11 Apr
The first phase of voting held across 91 Lok Sabha constituencies ends. Barring Andhra Pradesh and some stray incidents in Uttar Pradesh, the elections were largely peaceful
5:14 PM, 11 Apr
Sikkim
55 percent voter turnout recorded in Sikkim till 3 pm.
5:13 PM, 11 Apr
Arunachal Pradesh
50.87 percent voter turnout recorded in Arunachal Pradesh till 3 pm.
5:13 PM, 11 Apr
Andhra Pradesh
55 percent voter turnout recorded in Andhra Pradesh till 3 pm.
4:50 PM, 11 Apr
Maharashtra
46.13 percent voting recorded till 3 pm.
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