Bhubaneswar: After detection of technical difficulties in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), commencement of polling for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections was delayed in several polling stations of the State.
As per reports, polling was delayed in booth -162 at Parabeda High School in Jeypore. Voters queued up and the process began after 45 minutes. Booths in Kotpad and Lamtaput blocks of Koraput also faced similar problems.
30 booths in Malkangiri including Mathili, Korkunda and Kalimela blocks faced technical glitches in EVM due to which the process was delayed, for instance in booth no-100 of MV 11 village. Some EVMs in booths of Umerkote in Nabarangpur district also reported difficulties.
Issues arose in Rayagada as well, as VVPAT malfunctioned at Booth No. 112 at Padmapur in Gunupur area of the district. Glithces arose in as many as 25 booths of Rayagada including booths in Kashipur and Kalyansinghpur.
Similarly, people in Kesinga of Kalahandi faced technical problems while voting. Booths in Kuhura, Kalampur and Kantamal in developed similar problems.
Reports also stated that some voters returned home without casting their votes and returned after two hours to exercise their franchise once the repairs were done.