EVM and VVPAT machines conked out on Tuesday during the polling to both the parliamentary seats and three assembly segments, holding up the voting and leading to long queues of voters.
Salcete taluka saw at least seven EVM and seven VVPAT machines malfunctioning during the first two to three hours of the polling.
It must be noted here that this is the first time that a large number of voting machines failed in the state.
Voting machines conked out at Zambaulim and Avedem areas of Quepem taluka.
An EVM at a polling station at Tolleabhatt in Cuncolim malfunctioned during the mock drill: the votes that had been polled for other nominees went to the BJP candidate, creating confusion among the people. It was informed that nine votes each were cast to four candidates during the mock polling. However, when it was counted the EVM showed 17 votes to the BJP, nine to the Congress, eight to the AAP and one vote to the Independent candidate.
AAP candidate for South Goa parliamentary seat Elvis Gomes filed a complaint with the Election Commission and the CEO-Goa.
District election officer Ajit Roy rushed to the polling station and immediate replaced the EVM.
“Election is a severe compromise. It is very shameful and dangerous for the country,” Gomes observed.
An EVM also conked out at a polling booth at Kirbhatt-Nuvem. The malfunctioning EVM was replaced.
At the Fatrade-Varca polling booth, the VVPAT machine had to be replaced twice as it was found faulty during the polling.
EVMs malfunctioned at polling booths at Dessua-Chinchinim and Seraulim. Polling officials replaced the faulty machines.
In Biusua-Cuncolim, an EVM conked out due to the power outage. Voters had to wait till the electricity was restored.
Voting machines malfunctioned at Ambaulim and Betul polling booths.
Confirming that seven EVMs and seven VVPAT machines were replaced, Roy said that faulty machines had been checked before they were put into service.
“But the faults occurred when they were put to use,” he explained.
EVM and VVPAT machines also malfunctioned in the Mapusa constituency: the affected polling stations were booth no 12, 8, 30, 38, 41, and the most affected was the Saraswat Vidyalaya (booth no 33). The machines were later replaced.
The Siolim constituency also witnessed technical snags – an EVM and three VVPAT machines malfunctioned.
An EVM at a polling booth at Sodiem-Siolim suffered serious malfunction, forcing the Congress to make a written complaint to the returning officer alleging that the 69 votes that had been polled were shown in favour of one particular party.
Later the faulty EVM was replaced.
In the Tivim constituency, five VVPAT machines were replaced after they malfunctioned, resulting in confusion at Moitem in Assonora.
Technical snags in machines were also reported In Aldona and Saligao constituencies.
In the Mayem assembly segment, voting started an hour late due to faulty EVMs at polling booth numbers 4, 5 and 6.
At the Shirgaon polling booth, an EVM machine was found to be faulty and voters had to wait for some time to exercise their franchise.
The Calangute constituency also saw VVPAT machines malfunctioning at polling booth no 31 and 27.
The malfunctioning machines were replaced later.
VVPAT machines faced technical issues in Shiroda, Marcaim, Ponda and Priol constituencies holding up the voting.
In the Shiroda constituency, two VVPAT machines were replaced after voters complained of technical snag at the Bethoda polling booth.
The EVM at a polling station in Chimbel developed a technical snag, and started working at a snail’s pace. The polling staff took cognisance of the malfunctioning machine and replaced it.
A 70-year-old retired journalist had to recast his vote at the Goa Housing Board office in Porvorim as the VVPAT machine did not show the vote he cast.
In the Taleigao constituency, voters in three polling stations had to wait for a long time as the EVM and VVPAT machines developed glitches. Later the machines were replaced.
There were complaints at booth numbers 22, 26 and 30 about glitches in EVMs or VVPATs; they were rectified or replaced to resume voting.
The Cortalim constituency also witnessed malfunctioning of the EVM at the polling booth no 27 (Our Lady of Perpetual Succor High School).
The EVM also worked at a snail’s pace at the Upasnagar polling booth, annoying the voters.