Polling goes late into the night in AP due to faulty EVMs

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Amaravati: Faulty EVMs delayed poll proceedings in Andhra Pradesh with people seen queuing up at the booths to cast their votes till late into the night on Thursday.

According to reports, casting of votes was going on in over 300 booths late into night in different districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Though the scheduled polling ended at 6.00 pm, voters in the queue waiting outside the booths were being allowed to exercise their franchise.

The reports said till 6.00 pm, over 74 per cent voting was recorded for 175 assembly and 25 LoK Sabha seats in the state.

Over 380 booths reported technical glitches in EVMs hampering polling during the days. As a result scores of voters returned home after a long wait.

After the authorities rectified the defects and replaced some of the faulty EVMs, the poll process resumed.

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s son Nara Lokesh, who is contesting the Mangalagiri Assembly seat, staged a protest at a polling station in Tadepalli town late on Thursday night alleging lack of provision of basic facilities for the voters.

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