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Over 60 per cent polling in Cuttack district

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Many names of voters missing in electoral rolls

Voting delayed in 50 booths due to faulty EVMs



Cuttack: Braving scorching heat with mercury hovering over 40 degree Celsius, voters in large numbers, particularly youths and women lined up in front of polling booths in Cuttack district on Thursday to exercise their franchise. But ‘unfortunately’ many of the enthusiastic voters could not cast their votes due to faulty and ambiguous rules explained by presiding officers.

While many voters had legitimate election photo identity cards (EPICs), their names did not appear in the voters list. Similarly, the ones who had their names in the list were not provided with EPICs. Although, in accordance with the Election Commission’s direction voters can establish their identity with some other specific identity cards, some presiding officers did not yield to them leaving many voters disheartened. Even faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) in number of booths also left the voters red faced. Voting was delayed in at least 50 booths of the district in the morning due to faulty EVMs.

The district, according to preliminary estimate recorded over 60 percent polling with some booths recording over 80 percent polling. Barring few minor incidents, voting more or less went off peacefully across the district for nine Assembly segments and one parliamentary seat, informed the Cuttack Collector and district election officer K.K. Mohanty.

Disturbances witnessed in booth number 160 of Cuttack-Barabati segment at Nima Sahi where Congress and BJP supporters alleged that the EVM in the booth had been tampered with. It was alleged that the EVM in the booth did not record votes in favour of Congress and BJP and the votes of these parties are being recorded in favour of BJD.

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