Voting for bypolls on 10 assembly seats – Maharashtra (Palus Kadegaon constituency), Uttar Pradesh (Noorpur), Bihar (Jokihat), Jharkhand (Gomia and Silli), Kerala (Chengannur), Meghalaya (Ampati), Punjab (Shahkot), Uttarakhand (Tharali) and West Bengal (Maheshtala) – concluded today.
The reports of EVM glitches created uproar in several assemblies as politicians from almost all parties reached out to Election Commission seeking an enquiry into the matter.
The commission, however, dismissed the claim that elections were affected by faulty EVMs as, it claimed, that either the voting machines were fixed soon or they were replaced with extra available EVMs. The commission blamed persisting heat wave for the machine problems.
As it Happened:
08:50 pm: 61 per cent voter turnout recorded in UP's Noorpur bypolls till 6 pm
08:43 pm: 75% and 62% voter turnout recorded in Silli and Gomia, counting on May 31 (Read full story)
07:40 pm: Bihar's Jokihaat registers 53 per cent voter turnout (Read full story)
07:40 pm: Jharkhand's Gomia registers 63 per cent voter turnout
06:40 pm: 68 per cent voter turnout registered in Uttrakhand's Tharali till 5 pm
BJP delegation met EC officials in Delhi over reports of malfunctioning in EVMs during by-polls today.BJP's Arun Singh says,'we told them that we received info that EVMs worked either late or with some issues or didn't work at all in 197 booths,demanded repolling at few stations' pic.twitter.com/gpq1CaHSZ7— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018
05:45 pm: All the electors who are in the queue in the polling booth, at the time of close of voting, should be facilitated to cast their votes. This is given due publicity by the concerned district election machinery in the polling areas: Election Commission
05:31 pm: 69% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in Shahkot assembly by-election Punjab
05:31 pm: 70.01% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in Maheshtala assembly by-poll in West Bengal
05:31 pm: 57% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in UP's Noorpur assembly by-election
05:02 pm: Total number of EVM replaced till now is 34 in Maheshtala assembly bypoll in West Bengal.
01:58 pm: 44% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in Shahkot assembly by-election
Technical problems in EVMs&VVPATs clearly indicate failure of EC.If this is the situation in by-polls, think about coming Lok Sabha Elections. We've said it again & again & other parties have also agreed,that elections should be conducted using ballot papers:Anil Desai, Shiv Sena pic.twitter.com/bpaoLJALw5— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018
12:24 pm: Around 18 per cent polling was registered till 10 am today in the bypoll to Jokihat Assembly seat in Bihar
11:58 am: 31% voting recorded till 11 am in Shahkot assembly by-election
10:43 am: 15.78% polling in the first two hours at Maheshtala bye-election in West Bengal
10:42 am: There are reports that in Noorpur 140 EVMs are faulty, which is because they've been tampered, there are similar reports from Kairana. They (BJP) want to avenge defeat in Phulpur & Gorakhpur, which is why they want to defeat us at any cost : Rajendra Chaudhary, Samajwadi Party
6% voting recorded till 9 am in #Noorpur assembly by-election— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 28, 2018
10:17 am: 15 per cent voter turnout recorded in Noorpur, 12% in Silli (Jharkhand), 15% in Shahkot (Punjab)
Punjab: Voting underway at a polling booth in Shahkot pic.twitter.com/nWHY9QBH8J— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018
08:05 am: In Punjab's Shahkot, the main contest is between the ruling Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), making it a three-cornered contest.
West Bengal: Voting underway at a polling booth in Maheshtala for assembly by-poll pic.twitter.com/wTQal8gFd7— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018
Punjab: People form queue outside a polling station in Shahkot where voting for Assembly by-poll will begin shortly. pic.twitter.com/Lrms3miGZ8— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018
West Bengal: People form queue outside Polling booth number 32 in South 24 Parganas' Maheshtala. Voting for Maheshtala assembly by-poll to begin shortly. pic.twitter.com/ga44Yq1MHw— ANI (@ANI) May 28, 2018