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Pune mess: Faulty EVMs, names missing in voters lists; BJP demands repolling

Apr 18, 2014 08:18 AM IST Politics Politics

Pune: The Lok Sabha elections in Pune on Thursday were marred by discrepancies and protests. Several voters alleged that the EVMs at one booth were malfunctioning and that votes were getting registered for the Congress even when they voted for other parties. The BJP has now demanded a repoll.

Not just that, several people with voter ID cards also complained to the Elections Commission saying their names were missing from the voters list.

Angry people protested outside the Pune district collector office as many people with voter ID cards including Actor Amol Palekar and his wife found their names missing from the voters list. "We were relaxed and did not check whether our names are in the voters list as we have voted in this constituency twice before," Palekar said.

Many people who were lined up to vote for the first time were disappointed not finding their names in the list. A few alleged that they were deliberately kept away from the electoral process.

Voters at the Kalmadi Public School alleged some EVMs registered votes for the Congress even when they pressed the buttons of other parties. The EVMs were later replaced after a complaint.

"This matter will be taken up before the Election Commission of India. All protestors can meet the returning officer tomorrow," said ACP Atmacharan Shinde.

This is now turning out to be a massive issue in Pune. Many are demanding an opportunity to cast their votes. The collector has assured that the matter will be resolved in the next two days.