Phase 1 Voting for Lok Sabha in India Over, Minor Clashes, EVM Glitches Reported

04/11/2019

New Delhi, Apr. 11: Voting for the first phase of Lok Sabha election was largely peaceful on Thursday. By 5 PM, Bihar had recorded a voter turnout of 50.26%. In Telangana, it was 60.57%, in Meghalaya 62%, Uttar Pradesh 59.77%, Manipur 78.20% and Lakshadweep 65.9% and Assam 68%.

However, political parties have already started complaining about EVMs being rigged. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) sent its complaint to the Election Commission (EC) that Dalits were prevented from casting their vote. It also said that the EVMs were rigged and there was even a video clip showing that even if one pressed the BSP button, the vote was going to the BJP.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also alleged that people could not vote because of EVM glitches. He even sent a complaint to the EC saying, “It is likely that many voters who returned may not come back for voting even if polling is resumed after replacement/repair of existing EVMs. Therefore, repolling is needed in all polling stations where polling had not commenced up to 9.30 AM.”

An IED blast by Naxals was reported from near a polling booth in Etapalli in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district. Two security personnel were injured.

According to the Indian Media, Clashes between TMC-BJP cadres in Coochbehar’s Dinhata were also reported. BJP claimed that their party members were beaten up by TMC men. Meanwhile, the TMC claimed that their men were attacked by BJP cadres.

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