The Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party have complained of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines in dozens of booths during voting in the bypoll for Kairana Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Problems with EVMs have also been reported during the Noorpur assembly seat bypoll underway.
Bypoll in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana began at 7 am today. The polling will continue till 5 pm in the evening. Bypolls are being held in 4 Lok Sabha and 10 assembly constituencies across India.
Only 12% percent polling has been recorded in Kairana in the first two hours of voting. Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav took to Twitter to urge voters to cast their votes despite the widespread reports of EVM malfunctions.
उप चुनाव में जगह-जगह से EVM मशीन के ख़राब होने की ख़बरें आ रही हैं, लेकिन फिर भी अपने मताधिकार के लिए ज़रूर जाएँ और अपना कर्तव्य निभाएँ.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 28, 2018
In Kairana, the main contest is between Mriganka Singh of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Hasan. Singh, daughter of the late BJP MP from Kairana, Hukum Singh is counting on the sympathy wave in the name of her father and the power of the Yogi Adityanath government to win the election, while Hasan is pinning her hopes on the opposition unity as the SP, BSP, Nishad Party, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party have all extended their support to her.
Polling has also begun in Uttar Pradesh’s Noorpur, Gomia and Silli constituencies of Jharkhand, Chengannur in Kerala, Maheshtala in West Bengal, Jokihat in Bihar, Ampati in Meghalaya, and Nagaland parliamentary constituency.