Berhampur, April 11 (LocalWire): Polling continued in several booths in different Assembly segments in Ganjam and Gajapati districts even after the stipulated time due to technical snag and late turnout of voters.
Since voters had formed a long queue in front of the booths and were eager to exercise their franchise, the presiding officers in several booths allowed them to vote.
After one-and half hour of mock poll, the actual voting started at 7.00 a.m but in several places it got delayed due to technical snag of EVM machines.
‘We have received complaints of non-operation of EVMs from 25 percent booths in Digapahandi and Berhampur Assembly segments,’ said senior BJD leader and state’s consumer welfare and food supply minister SN Patro.
Similar complaints also came from BJD supporters in Chikiti Assembly segment. Upset over the delay in repairing or replacing the EVMs, several voters had to return home.
Technical snag coupled with scorching heat led to a low turnout during the first hour of polling. More people turned out in the afternoon and delayed the process beyond the scheduled time, said an officer.
In Paralakhemundi, the administration replaced at least eight control units and seven voting machines due to technical problem.
‘Voting completed smoothly after replacing the machines,’ said Gajapati Collector Anupam Saha. ‘The exact percentage of polling segment wise is yet to be calculated,’ he added.
‘During the polling, there was no major violence reported from the districts and polling completed peacefully in the district,’ said SP (Gajapati) Sarah Sharma. ‘We did not receive complaints from anywhere,’ said SP (Ganjam) Pinak Mishra.