In the poll-bound Rajasthan, which has gone to polls today, EVM malfunction has been reported from assembly constituencies in Jalore, Jhalrapatan, Bikaner and Tonk. An EVM in polling booth no. 172 has been replaced in Kisamidesar, Bikaner following a technical malfunction. Voters created ruckus after polling booth number 253 and 254 in the Ahor assembly constituency of Jalore suffered malfunction halting the poll process.

The new age ELectronic Voting Machines (EVM) have been in the line of fire every time during elections in the recent days. The opposition has been hammering the Bharatiya Janata Party government over the alleged EVM malfunctions during the poll process. Congress leader and AICC’s Chhattisgarh in-charge PL Punia recently told reporters that suspicious activities were reported in the Dhamtari Assembly seat in Chattisgarh. The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered the removal of returning officer of the Khurai assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh over EVM row.

According to reports, the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been marred with incidents of impropriety in the handling of EVMs. The Election Commission of India (ECI) also admitted that a strongroom in Bhopal faced a blackout on November 30 after a power cut in the area.

The Congress on December 6 filed a writ petition in the Chhattisgarh High Court, demanding directions to the Election Commission for maintaining tight security at strongrooms housing EVMs. The party also demanded that counting of VVPAT paper slips used in EVMs in 50 per cent of booths in all the constituencies should be done. However, the High Court has posted the matter for hearing on December 10.

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