ANDHRA PRADESH

Voters still wary of EVMs

Staff Reporter

TENALI: The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), being billed as a technological wonder and safest way of exercising the franchise, still appear to present a puzzle to most of the voters, more particularly women.

At most of the polling booths, women were seen enquiring with the polling personnel on the usage of the EVM. At some places, the polling staff was countered by queries on the pressing of buttons, while in some cases some voters have actually tried to fold the voter slip and drop it into the box!

“It does sound queer, but in the end it is quite simple,” said Khajabi, a voter at Telaprolu mandal in Tenali rural limits, who voted for the first time. The poll staff had a tough time in explaining the procedure time and again, though the instructions were clearly written on the notice board.

Polling in most of the polling stations was trouble-free, except in a few cases, where the EVMs had teething problems like at Nagarampalem polling booth, where Transport Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana came back and voted.

For the younger lot, who have voted for the first time, the EVMs presented no problems as they were able to complete the process quite quickly. “After all the waiting, voting was actually quite simple,” observed Swetha at Tenali.

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