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Many go back disappointed

delhi Updated: Nov 30, 2008 01:02 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Despite claims by the chief electoral officer that in case of technical problems, new electronic voting machines (EVM) would be made functional within 10 minutes, voting was delayed by almost two hours at a booth in Brahmpuri.

The EVM developed some problem at the booth in Seelampur assembly segment. While people started queuing up since 7.45 a.m., the first vote at booth number 118 at Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Brahmpuri, could only be cast around 9.50 a.m.

“Two machines had to be changed before voting finally started. The polling party did not know anything about how votes are cast on an EVM,” said Sompal Rao, a voter.

Missing names despite carrying voters cards was another common complaint at almost all polling centres .

Some like M.K. Jain of Pandav Nagar and Ram Pyari Saini of Karol Bagh had voted in several elections. But this time, they went back. “I stood for two hours but the polling officers told me my name didn't figure in the revised list. I had voted in the last assembly elections too,” said 83-year-old Ram Pyari Saini.

Some people were carrying voter cards issued in 2005. “We voted in 2003 assembly elections, 2004 parliament elections and also in 2007 municipal elections. But this time my and my wife’s names were missing,” said Praveen Rastogi of Pandav Nagar.

Azizan Begum, 68, a resident of Ballimaran, has been voting for past 50 years but on Saturday she returned without casting her ballot because her name was missing from the voter list.

(With inputs from Naziya Alvi and Neelam Pandey)