Tamil Nadu turnout over 63% amid EVM, VVPAT glitches

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Chennai, April 18: Polling in Tamil Nadu’s 38 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies ended on Thursday.

Technical glitches relating to Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines held up polling in the morning in several constituencies across Tamil Nadu till the machines were changed.

In the Kanniyakumari Lok Sabha constituency, voters had to stand in queue in several booths for nearly an hour to cast their votes. Similarly, at a booth in Chennai, there was a technical glitch that delayed voting for also about an hour.

Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo told reporters that 384 faulty EVMs and 692 faulty VVPAT machines were replaced across the state and after that, polling went on smoothly.

Brisk polling was witnessed across the state logging about 52.02 per cent voting in 38 of the state’s 39 Lok Sabha seats at 3 p.m. Polls to the Vellore constituency have been scrapped after discovery of a huge haul of cash there earlier this month.

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