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Gujarat polls 2017: EC releases data of EVMs, VVPATs used in first phase

Amid the polling, there were also complaints of malfunctioning EVMs and them being connected to Bluetooth

ANI  |  New Delhi 

Gujarat polls
Voting underway on Surat's Kamrej assembly seat. BJP’s Zalavadiya Vinubhai Dahyabhai is up against Congress's Ashok Jirawala. Photo: ANI

As Gujarat went to polls in the first phase on Saturday the of India (ECI) released a data of the number of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs used in all 24,689 polling stations.

A total of 26865 Ballot Units (BUs) and 24689 (CUs) were used, while 24689 VVPATs were used in the first phase.

An consists of two Units — a Control Unit and a Balloting Unit - joined by a five-metre cable. The Control Unit is with the Presiding Officer or a Polling Officer and the Balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment.

During the polling process, 0.37 per cent of BUs, 0.38 per cent of CUs and 1.90 per cent of VVPATs were replaced, according to the electoral watchdog.

Amid the polling, there were also complaints of malfunctioning EVMs and them being connected to

Acting upon such complaints, the EC even visited a polling booth in Thakkar Plot, Porbandar for inspection, and engineer S Anand told media, "The name that you give to your device will be shown when it is paired to another device."

Addressing the issue of malfunctioning EVMs, Bhavnagar's Deputy Electoral Officer, Yogesh Thakkar told ANI that no such issues were reported.

"Some EVMs were replaced due to errors. EVMs were updated with VVPATs, which allows people to verify their vote for 7 seconds," he added.

The voting for the first phase ended at 5:00 pm today, while the second phase will be held on December 14.

First Published: Sat, December 09 2017. 19:01 IST