Thiruvananthapuram: A number of complaints of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported from across Kerala on Tuesday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that election officials appear to have failed to ensure that the EVMs worked properly.
Vijayan told media persons in Kannur after he exercised his franchise that he had to wait at the booth for a while. He said he was told that the EVMs were not working properly.
Reports also said that the leader of Opposition who voted in Alappuzha also complained about faulty EVMs.
Voters had to wait for over two hours at a booth in Pathanamthitta Lok Sabha constituency as the EVMs were defunct.
An angry voter said :“We came and stood in the queue at 6 a.m. so that we could vote early and go. But till 9, voting did not commence”.
Thiruvananthapuram District Collector K. Vasuki brushed aside the reports that at a booth in Kovalam in the state capital, whenever the button for the Congress candidate was pressed, the light against the BJP symbol lit up.