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16 malfunctioning EVMs replaced during polling in Arunachal

  • PTI, Itanagar
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  • Updated: Apr 09, 2014 02:17 IST

Election Commission officials seal an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) prior to the start of voting at a polling station in Dibrugarh, Assam. (AFP photo)


As many as 16 Electronic Voting Machines were on Wednesday replaced after they developed technical snags during voting for the two Lok Sabha seats and 49 out of 60 assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh, the EC said on Wednesday.

State chief electoral officer Chandra Bhusan Kumar said polling process halted for a brief period after three EVMs developed technical snag in three booths at Naharlagun, while 13 EVMs were found defective during mock polling (6am to 7am) before formal voting begun.

"We are well prepared for such a situation and enough EVMs are kept in reserve to conduct the poll process smoothly," Kumar said.

Two separate EVMs have been used in each polling station for Lok Sabha and assembly elections. Altogether, 4316 EVMs are being used for voting throughout the state.

 

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