No controversy on EVMs functioning in K’taka

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 May 2018 08:42:51



BARRING one major problem which led to re-polling, the performance of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had not been an issue in the just concluded Assembly elections though complaints of mechanical problems, routine in any polls, polling resumed after changing units.

However, one in polling booth in Hebbal Constituency in Bengaluru one of the buttons of a balloting unit was stuck and re-poll was ordered. Polling officials however did face issues with VVPATs which were used extensively in the current elections.

The number of problematic units numbered 2419, constituting 4.78 per cent of the total units deployed. As many as 64,297 balloting units and 57,786 each of control units and VVPAT machines were put to use in the polling booths across the State.
Among them 235 balloting units, 357 control units and 717 VVPAT units were found to be faulty at the time of mock polling itself before the actual poll process began at 0700 hrs.

Until polling closure 458 balloting units, 458 control units and 1702 VVPATs had malfunctioned and replaced without impacting the polling process.
According to Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar the Commission had provided spare EVMs upto 30 per cent.
and no where polling was disrupted due to faulty EVMs.
Ahead of the Assembly elections the State had in fact sought reverting to ballot paper methodology following complaints of rigging of EVMs elsewhere in the Country. The Election Commission had worked overtime to prove that EVMs were fool proof and demonstrated through hackathons to prove that they could not be tampered.
The counting of votes will take place on May 15.


Voter turnout highest since 1952: CEO


THE 72.13 per cent voter turnout in the Karnataka Assembly elections has broken all records and is the highest since the 1952 state polls, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjeev Kumar said on Sunday.
Women and young voters exercised their franchise in large numbers, he told PTI. “The voter turnout in the polls broke all records last night. By midnight, the figures showed that it was 72.13 per cent,” he told PTI here.

The turnout was the highest-ever in Karnataka since the 1952 Assembly elections, he said. Kumar said the 2013 Assembly polls had recorded a turnout of 71.45 per cent, which was the highest in the last six Assembly elections. It was 65 per cent in 2008 and 2004, 69 per cent in the 1989 and 1994 and 69 per cent in the 1990 elections, he said.
To a question on seizures in the run up to the polls, he said Rs 94 crore in cash, besides liquor worth Rs 24.78 crore and other items such as clothes, vehicles and electronic gadgets worth Rs 66 crore had been seized.

The election for the Jayanagara seat in Bengaluru was countermanded following the death of BJP candidate and sitting MLA B N Vijaykumar on May 4.
The Election Commission has deferred the polls for the Rajarajeswari Nagar seat to May 28 after a massive row erupted over a large number of voter ID cards being found in a Bengaluru apartment.