EVM glitches: Polling cancelled in two booths in Odisha

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Cuttack: Polling in booth No 196 in Baramba Jhajia in Cuttack district and booth No 183 under Deogarh Assembly constituency have been cancelled due to errors in the VVPAT machine.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar said recommendation will be made to the Election Commission of India for a fresh poll in the booths in accordance with section 58 (b) of R P Act, 1951.

According to sources, voting in these two booths had stopped following glitches in the VVPAT machine. Later, the VVPAT machine meant for Parliamentary Constituency (Assembly Segment) was mistakenly attached to Control Unit and Ballot Unit meant for Assembly Constituency.

After the test vote, the error was established and upon enquiry, it was established that the pairing was done wrongly as a result of which the VVPAT was showing erroneous display.

“As per rules, polling has been adjourned immediately in the booths. Recommendation shall be made to ECI for Fresh Poll in accordance with section 58 (b) of R P Act, 1951,” he added.

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