Gujarat Polls: Massive Turnout Amid Complaints Of EVM Malfunction

| December 9 , 2017 , 18:07 IST

The voting for the first phase of Gujarat polls came to an end today. Around 60% votes were polled till 4pm this evening with the highest 67.37% voter turnout being recorded in Morbi district.

The voter turnout this time is unprecedented and there is even speculation that it might surpass the 90 per cent mark. 

The Poll percentage at 4 p.m had breached 60 percent mark.


Surprisingly, Rajkot, which is known for its 'siesta time' from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, registered around 60 percent voting with people seen queuing up in the afternoon to vote.

Gujarat’s Chief Electoral Officer B.B Swain said, “Barring one incident, first phase polling has been peaceful. The incident is not related to polling directly. At Chorvira village of Sayla taluka in Limbi seat of Surendranagar district, 4 persons are injured in a group clash of one community for private reasons.”

Several complaints of EVM Malfunction were reported by the media including one in the constituency of Arjun Modwadia. Congress leader Ahmed Patel took to twitter to express his concern.

Malfunctioning of EVM machines was reported in Sattapar village in Anjar constituency and the polling process had to be halted.

Reacting to allegations by senior Congress leader about EVMs linked to Bluetooth devices in Porbandar, B.B. Swain said: "We received the complaint with screenshots about the linkage of EVM with WiFi or Bluetooth devices. So we rushed the collector, Porbandar, and our observers from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the place. Their scrutiny says that there was no merit in the complaint by Arjun Modhwadia."

The reasons for the high turnout can be attributed to the intense drive carried out by the ECI, though both the political parties -- ruling BJP and Congress - claim the massive public support for their party is the reason for the high turnout.