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Rajasthan election: Malfunctioning EVMs affect polling in areas, voters create ruckus in Ahor

EVM GLITCHRajasthan election 2018:
Voters created ruckus at these polling booths as voting has
been halted following EVM malfunction. (ANI photo)

Rajasthan election 2018: There have been
reports of Electronic Voting Machine glitches in Rajasthan
where polling for 199 assembly seats across began at 8 am this
morning. While an EVM has been replaced at polling booth number
172 in Kisamidesar in Bikaner over a technical issue, voting is
yet to begin in polling booth no. 253 and 254 in Ahor in Jalore
district due to malfunctioning EVM. According to ANI, voters
created ruckus at these polling booths as voting has been
halted following EVM malfunction. The voter turnout in
Rajasthan has been recorded at 6.11 per cent till 9 AM.

High-profile leaders have exercised their franchise in polling
that began today. Senior Congress
leader Ashok Gehlot cast his vote at polling booth no. 106 in
Jodhpur. Sachin Pilot has also exercised his franchise and
exuded confidence of Congress winning a majority in the
elections. Incumbent CM Vasundhara Raje has voted at polling
booth no. 31A form Jhalrapatan constituency of Jhalawar. While
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh
Shekhawat cast his vote at polling booth 128 in Jodhpur, Union
Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore cast his votes at polling
booth 252 in Vaishali Nagar in the state capital. Incumbent
Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria also cast his vote
at a polling station in Udaipur.

Also Read: Rajasthan
Election 2018 Live Updates

Election officials said 2,274 candidates are contesting in
Rajasthan which has 4.74 crore registered voters. About 1.44
lakh security personnel have been deployed for polling day. The
state assembly has 200 seats, but the election in Alwar
district’s Ramgarh constituency has been put off due to the
death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.

Chief electoral officer Anand Kumar said over two lakh
electronic voting machines (EVMs) and verifiable paper audit
trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in the elections. He said
it was for the first time that VVPAT machines are being used in
Rajasthan.

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