Electronic Voting Machines were reported across the country as parts of India votes in the first round of a gigantic seven-phase national election that would end with the results on May 23.
A Jana Sena Party candidate in the state, Madhusudan Gupta was arrested after he damaged an EVM at a polling station in Anantapur district. Gupta alleged that the names of the Assembly and Parliament constituencies were not being displayed. EVMs in booth number 153 in Raptadu Assembly constituency in Anantapur district and booth number 101 in Visakhapatnam East constituency were also not working.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu's constituency Kuppam also reported faulty EVMs. Naidu demanded re-polling in locations with defective EVMs. Naidu estimated that 30% of the EVMs were not functioning and called upon the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take immediate action. He also said that three hours of polling time was wasted due to EVM glitches and alleged that votes cast for TDP were going to YSRCP.
Omar Abdullah has alleged that the Congress button is not functioning in several booths in the state's Poonch district. Abdullah shared a video on Twitter, where a presiding officer from Shahpur polling station can be heard saying that there was a delay in polling due to an EVM button not functioning.
In Dehradun, polling was delayed in booth number 75 as EVMs were not working. The glitch was rectified and the EVMs started working later on.In Bijnore, EVM failure has been reported in a polling booth in Arua Inter College. As a result, voting was delayed by 30 minutes.
Another case was reported in Baghpat, where polling was affected at booth number 156. Technical glitches in Shamli district's Hasanpur Luhari village were also reported. In Jamui, voting was delayed in booths numbered 204 and 205. LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan's son Chirag Paswan is contesting from Jamui.