Gujarat: 68% voting in 1st phase, EC rejects EVM tampering charge

RSTV Bureau
A polling official administering indelible ink to a voter at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

A polling official administering indelible ink to a voter at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

Sixty eight per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of Gujarat polls, Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Unmesh Sinha said on Saturday evening.

Eighty nine seats out of the total of 182 Assembly constituencies went to polls in the first phase with prominent candidates like Chief Minister Vijay Rupani (Rajkot West), Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi) and Paresh Dhanani (Amreli) in the fray.

The election is being viewed as a prestige battle for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and a litmus test for the leadership of soon-to-be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

The second phase of polling in 93 seats will be held on December 14 while the counting of votes is scheduled on December 18.

Election Commission also rubbished any charges of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines through Bluetooth devices.

Some visuals and stories were circulated in Social Media claiming that the Bluetooth devices were used to hack electronic voting machine at a booth in Porbandar.

BB Swain, Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat, said that the Election Commission of India ordered an inquiry and came to the conclusion that the Bluetooth waves were originating not from the EVM but from mobile phone of a polling agent who was sitting inside the booth.