EVM glitch: Odisha CEO recommends re-polling at four booths

Bhubaneswar: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) recommended re-polling at four booths in Sundergarh and Nayagarh districts following glitches were reported during voting in second phase of elections in Odisha.

“Two polling booths in Sundergarh and another 2 polling stations in Daspalla constituencies will be re-polled,” said CEO Surendra Kumar.

The glitches were reported at two booths in Sundergarh district — booth number 129 in Bonai and 213 in Sundergarh. The similar incident took place at booth number 210 and 222 in Daspalla of Nayagarh district today.

The voters were disappointed and had to return without casting their votes after long hours of wait for polling to elect their representatives.

The CEO clarified that it was not technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), rather a ‘human error’ in VVPATs for which the polling was suspended at these four booths.

“The EVMs and VVPATs have been cross paired in these four polling stations. This is the human error as the dereliction of duties by the concerned polling officers for which actions are to be initiated against them,” Kumar told media.

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