Voting underway for 3rd phase in Odisha, technical glitches delay process

Prameyanews English

Published By : Prameya News Bureau | May 25, 2024 IST

voting underway in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, May 25: Technical glitches in Electronic Voting machines (EVMs) and Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) were reported at scores of polling stations during the ongoing third phase voting in Odisha on Saturday. 

As many as 116 ballot units, 125 control units and 256 VVPATs have been replaced following technical glitches at some booths, said Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Nikunj Bihari Dhal.

Voting is underway in six parliamentary constituencies and 42 assembly segments in the third phase in Odisha.

As per the Election Commission of India, Odisha has recorded around 35.69 percent voter turnout till 1 p.m.

The State Election Commission officials have kept a vigil on more than 6,200 polling booths through webcasting. Voting is underway at 10,551 polling booths across the state.

A total 64 candidates are in fray for the six Lok Sabha seats and 383 candidates are contesting for 42 assembly constituencies in third phase.

Several high-profile leaders are trying their fate in the third phase, including BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra from Puri, senior BJP leaders Aparajita Sarangi from Bhubaneswar, Bhartruhari Mahtab from Cuttack, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan from Sambalpur and BJD's Santrupt Mishra from Cuttack.

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