Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

EC rejects reports of EVM tampering by Bluetooth in Gujarat phase1 polls

EC rejects reports of EVM tampering by Bluetooth in Gujarat phase1 polls

Some of the constituencies that saw high voting included Dharampur (51%), Morbi (53%), Dhrangadhra (60%), Jalalpur (54%), Somnath (52%), Talala (52%), Mahua (52%), Tankara (54%), Gamdevi (54%), and Wankaner (54%).

PTI report said that 181 ballot units (0.6 per cent of the total), 223 control units (0.55 per cent of the total) and 714 paper trail machines (1.75 per cent of the total) were replaced during polling, they said.

"On the contrary, Rahul Gandhi has used words like "Vikas" in his tweet today because he is scared and has realised that "Vikas" (development) is very important in every state to which the BJP has never failed in".

A total of 977 candidates are in the fray from Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, Botad, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang and Valsad districts.

Talking to reporters, Patel slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for not fulfilling its promises made in previous polls. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD-U while independents hold the remaining two.

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Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that the final figure was likely to go up since people were still standing in queues outside polling centres after close of voting at 5 pm.

Acting upon complaints, the EC visited a polling booth in Thakkar plot, Porbandar, for inspection.

Of the 2,12,31,652 voters, 1,11,05,933 are males and 1,01,25,472 females while 247 are from the third gender.

The second phase will be held on December 14 for 93 assembly constituencies.

Cases of malfunctioning Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were brought to the notice of Election Commission from many places.

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After the complaints, poll officals replaced the EVMs. The Congress has also raised a complaint with the Election Commission seeking an action.

Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia caused a flutter by claiming that EVMs in three polling booths in Porbandar were found to be connected to external devices via bluetooth, raising doubts about hacking.

Voting was boycotted by the villagers of Kalyanpur in Jam Jodhpur constituency opposing the unavailability of water in the region.

"Vote to Congress is going to the BJP", a voter is seen in a video informing someone on phone from outside a polling station in Surat.

Sangle also addressed the talks doing the rounds about Bluetooth and Wi-Fi being connected to EVMs.

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