Bhubaneswar: While the first phase of the General Election has commenced across the state, delayed voting have been reported from various booths across the state due to technical glitches.
According to reports, over 30 booths across four Parliamentary Constituencies and 28 Assembly Seats reported of delayed polling due to issues in the EVMs.
Voting began in Booth No-162 at Parabeda High School in Jeypore 45 minutes behind schedule owing to technical glitches in the booth.
Palpable tension prevailed in Booth No-31 in Serapali, and Booth No-100 at MV 11 in Malkangiri following the delayed polling at the centres.
VVPAT machines at Kuhura and Kantamal booths at Junagarh in Kalahandi district developed glitches. Similar problems have also been reported from two booths in Kalampur block in the district.
Voters of Booth No- 65 at Bajigarh Ashram School, Booth No- 72 at Kharsapada UP school at Lamataput in Koraput district returned without casting votes following technical issues in the EVMs.
Voters reportedly also went back from the booth at Godibali UP School under Kashipur block of Rayagada district after the delay in voting due to technical glitches in the EVM.
apart from this, voting delayed in Booth No-162 in Jeypore, three booths at Lamtaput block in Koraput, and 10 booths in Malkangiri including Booth No – 211 in Chitrakonda.