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Malfunctioning of EVMs: APJ Abdul Kalam returns, then comes back to vote

Wednesday, 4 December 2013 - 6:25pm IST | Agency: PTI

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was among a large number of voters in several constituencies in Delhi who today faced problems in exercising their franchise because of malfunctioning of EVMs.

As the electronic voting machine did not function properly, Kalam, who had gone to a polling booth at K Kamraj Marg in New Delhi constituency waited for some time and then returned home. He came back after an hour when the fault was rectified and polling started smoothly.

Voting was also delayed by around an hour at the Aurangzeb Lane polling station due to malfunctioning of EVM.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, senior BJP leader LK Advani's daughter Pratibha and Sunil Bharti Mittal cast their vote at this polling station. People in many polling booths in Tughlaqabad, Karol Bagh, Trilokpuri, Jungpura and Badarpur said they had to wait for a long time to cast their votes due to snag in EVMs.

An EVM in Bhogal area in Jungpura constituency developed a snag early morning which was fixed by EC officials and voters who had exercised their franchise were asked to recast their votes again. "One of the EVMs developed technical snag following which we called in the technical staff and the machine was replaced and 12 people who had cast their votes were asked to recast," a polling official said.

Election Commission officials admitted that there were glitches in the EVMs in several constituencies but said they were replaced within the first hour of the polling. "We have replaced a total of 112 EVMs," said an EC official.

There were several complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs from many assembly constituencies.

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