Elections 2019: EVMs malfunctioning, clashes reported across Andhra Pradesh

As polling began today at 7 am for 175 Assembly seats and 25 Parliamentary seats in Andhra Pradesh today, several people from across the state have reported large-scale malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has said that 30% of EVMs across the state are not working and that votes have been tampered with as VVPAT is not reflecting the vote polled by an individual. 
Due to malfunctioning of EVMs, several voters have returned after three to four hours of waiting. The polling percentage across the state hasn’t even touched 20% at 12 pm. Expressing displeasure over the obstruction to voting across the State caused by defective Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Chief Minister demanded that re-polling be held at such locations. 
In a communication to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, Naidu stated three hours of polling time was wasted by faulty EVMs and there were complaints that votes cast for TDP were going to YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Meanwhile, even voters have been holding the Election Commission responsible for its failure in making necessary arrangements and its incapability in holding elections peacefully. 
However, Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Gopal Krishna Dwivedi does not believe these cases despite mass reports emerging from across the state. He said the defective functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) was a small problem caused by faulty connections and it was being sorted out. 
He assured the voters that all those present in queues up to 6 p.m. would be allowed to cast their votes. Mr. Dwivedi stated in a press release that polling was going on peacefully and without any major glitch. He predicted that voting percentage could be far higher than the previous time going by the impressive turnout in the first three hours.

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