Lok Sabha elections 2019: Bee attack, VVPAT snags as polling finishes in Rajasthan
Thirteen seats polled in the previous phase of the ongoing elections. With this, all 25 seats of the state have finished voting.Updated: May 06, 2019, 23:09 IST
Peaceful voting was held in 12 Lok Sabha constituencies of Rajasthan during the fifth phase of polling on Monday amid a few reports of glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.
Thirteen seats polled in the previous phase of the ongoing elections. With this, all 25 seats of the state have finished voting.
The voter turnout in the 12 constituencies stood at 63.72% at 10 pm, as per the Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app. In 2014, the polling percentage in these 12 constituencies was 61.80%.
An officer of the state election department said malfunctions were reported in 30 ballot units, 30 control units and 109 VVPATs across the state and these were replaced immediately.
One polling personnel died in Sikar on Sunday night while a booth level officer was hit by a bus in Alwar district on Monday.
A polling booth in Buhana in Jhunjhunu was attacked by bees and polling was suspended for some time.
In the 12 constituencies that went to polls, there were 700,000 first time voters.
Director general of police, law and order ML Lather said, “Except two minor incidents in Sikar and Jhunjhunu, polling was peaceful.” He said that a few Bharatiya Janata Party members accused Congress candidate from Sikar, Subhash Maharia, of beating up a party worker.
In Jhunjhunu district in booth number 94, a 40-year-old man was injured in a clash.
There were reports of boycott by voters in Bharatpur and Karauli districts. In Bharatpur, around 1,300 voters refused to vote citing the administration’s apathy over their demand for concrete roads, water and a school for children. Many of these eventually agreed to vote.