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EVM Malfunctioning Reports In UP & Maharashtra Bypolls Are Exaggerated, Says EC

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| May 29 , 2018 , 08:10 IST

Bypolls took place on Monday for 4 Lok Sabha seats and 10 assembly seats across 10 states, with large numbers of EVMs reported as malfunctioning in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. While the Opposition parties moved the Election Commission alleging that 'hundreds' of EVMs and VVPATs malfunctioned on Monday, the Election Commission termed the claims as an exaggeration.

"The Commission allocates sufficient reserve of EVMs and VVPATs for every general and by election to the Lok Sabha or state assembly," said the Election Commission in a statement.

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"It is pertinent to mention that during commissioning of EVMs and VVPATs, apart from EVMs and VVPATs required for deployment at every polling station, adequate number of reserve EVMs and VVPATs (around 20-25 percent) are prepared to replace any defective machine on poll day at the polling station," it said.

"The replacement of defective EVMs/VVPATs during actual polls is a normal process and does not vitiate the integrity or credibility of the poll process in any way whatsoever," the statement read.

"Also, the reports emerging in some quarters about EVMs/VVPATs failing in 25 percent polling booths in the same constituency are also incorrect. It is clarified that voting has not been cancelled in any polling station in Bhandara-Gondiya constituency and voting is continuing smoothly after necessary replacements," it said.

The Lok Sabha seat of Kairana in Uttar Pradesh witnessed the coming together of the Congress, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party supporting RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan, against the BJP's candidate Mriganka Singh. However, amidst reports of EVM malfunctioning, only 54 percent voting was recorded on Monday.