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Over 60 percent voter turnout in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly Elections

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Assembly Elections in Maharashtra and Haryana concluded on Monday. Till 6 pm, the voter turnouts were 65 percent and 60.2 percent in Haryana and Maharashtra respectively.

Although apparently voting process was concluded peacefully, there were some incidents of EVM glitches reported across Maharashtra. As per reports, most of the complaints of faulty EVM and VVPAT machines came from Ratnagiri and Bhandara districts.

Technical Glitch in EVM and VVPAT

In one incident being reported from Chikli in Buldhana, the EVM machine had stopped working from 1 pm following which there was long queue outside Booth no 196 in Chikli. On the other hand, voting in Ratnagiri’s Dhamangaon village was stalled for around two hours due to EVM malfunctioning.

In another report, EVM glitch was reported in Worli resulting into brief delay in the process, which was later rectified. Congress has sent 187 complaints to the Election Commission of India. However, officials say the complaints are exaggerated and that the glitches have been rectified soon.

Incidents of Violence

There were certain incidents of violence reported in both the states. In Mewat district of Haryana, a clash between Congress and BJP workers resulted in six people getting injured. In Maharashtra, three candidates of the newly floated Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) were reportedly attacked while they were on their way to cast their votes in Solapur district.

Similar incidents have been reported in Jalna, Nanded, Amravati and Aheri districts.

Election Commission issues notice to BJP

The Election Commission of India has issued show-cause notices to few BJP candidates for violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). In the Gurugram edition of the Hindi Daily Tribune there was a half-page advertisement on page one by BJP.

Similarly, in Maharashtra there were reports of advertisements bearing images of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in some English dailies.

A notice was also filed against Bakshish Singh Virk, a BJP candidate from Assandh, Haryana for appearing in a video in which he was allegedly heard making some unparliamentary comment regarding the secret ballot.

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