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Sharmili Mallick

Polling got delayed in several booths across the Pipili Assembly Constituency in Puri district after the electronic voting machines (EVMs) developed technical glitch amid voting that began in the constituency at 7 am on Thursday.

As per reports, the EVMs at booths number 154 at Kausalyapur, 158 at Puba, 161 at Lakshminarayanpur, 167 at Kunjar, 169 at Seula and 173 at Binayakpur in Pipili developed technical glitches, disrupting and delaying the voting process in the early hours.

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Polling also got disrupted at booths number 139-A and 177, and also at booth number 203 of Dakhina Sahi in Nuasasan village due to technical glitches.

However, the returning officers in the concerned booths later informed that some faulty EVMs were replaced with new ones.

Meanwhile, 7.8 percent voting was recorded by 9 am across the Pipili Assembly Constituency.

As many as 2,29,998 voters will cast their votes at 348 booths among which 201 have been identified as sensitive. In order to ensure transparency and better monitoring of the situation, voting at 175 critical and sensitive polling stations are being webcast. Micro observers have been appointed at 23 polling booths. Moreover, 20 ideal booths have also been set up across the Assembly constituency.

As many as 22 platoons of armed police forces and three companies of BSF jawans have been deployed in the constituency to maintain law and order during the polling. Besides, 22 platoons of armed police forces including 80-90 officers have been engaged in duty to avert any untoward incidents during the high-voltage polling.

The counting of votes will take place on October 3.

(Edited by Pradeep Singh)

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