Mumbai: The Congress party has filed 23 complaints pertaining to slowness and malfunction of EVMs to the state branch of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and ECI Delhi.
Fourteen complaints out of the 23 have been made from Aurangabad Lok Sabha seats in the third phase of the general election. Meanwhile, the voting for these seats had reached 61.30 per cent till 06.00 pm. 249 contestants including 19 female are fighting the election from 14 seats. Maharashtra's additional chief electoral officer Dilip Shinde said that the voting was going on even after 6.00 pm.
Addressing a press conference at Mantralaya Tuesday night, Mr Shinde said that the poll was conducted smoothly in 14 seats. 563 EVMs were not working properly including 334 Ballot Units, and 229 Control Units. In addition to this, 610 VVPATs malfunctioned and all of them were replaced within 20 minutes.
He also said that there were 28,691 polling stations. Of these, live webcast was done at 3825 polling stations. Videography was done at 670 polling stations. He also informed that women personnel manned 90 polling stations, while Diyvang personnel manned 4 polling stations.
He also said that 2280 vehicles had been used to track through the GPS for replacing the EVMs which were not working.
Mr. Shinde said that an FIR has been registered against a voter, Amol Surwade, who falsely claimed of not getting a VVPAT slip of the candidate for whom he had voted for.
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