Lucknow: Technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and errors at many places were reported Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh where first phase of polling to elect new civic bodies began this morning.
Polling in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh local body elections were held in 71 municipal boards and 154 nagar panchayats including Ayodhya and Gorakhpur - the constituency represented by state chief minister and firebrand Hindutva leader Yogi Agityanath.
According to Hindustan Times, disruptions at some polling booths were reported due to complaints about Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).
Voters protested in Dhawai Nagar locality of Meerut after a voter complained that while pressing the button to vote for BSP, the lights on BJP and NOTA buttons flashed.
Polling was stopped after the complaint and resumed only after the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was replaced, the HT report said.
Voting was also stopped at Subash Balika Vidyalaya Saket Nagar in Kanpur after voters complained of darkness inside the booth.
Technical glitches in EVMs are also reported in three booths at Mani Ram Bagia Ward number 104 in Kanpur, reports ANI.
Police lathicharge people in Macharia, Kanpur, after they protested against faulty EVMs. Protests over the issue of ‘rigged’ EVMs are also reported from Harsh Nagar area of the city.
Allegations of faulty EVMs were raised in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, and also after Maharashtra civic elections - especially in Mumbai and Pune. The BJP won in all these elections with comfortable leads.
Elsewhere in the state, Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member Sukhram Singh Yadav, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj and former MP Annu Tandon could not cast vote as their names were missing from the voters’ list.
Uttar Pradesh civic election was earlier in the news when BJP leader Ranjeet Kumar Srivastava, who was campaigning for his wife in Barabanki district, while addressing a rally in Nawabganj threatened Muslims that if they do not vote for her they should be ready to face difficulties.
Results of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls will be declared on December 1.