Tezpur, April 11, 2019
An electronic voting machine (EVM) raised many eyebrows in Assam’s Tezpur on April 11th, 2019. As per reports, every time a button was pressed by the voters, the vote went in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The first phase voting is underway in five Lok Sabha seats in Assam – Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies. The incident took place at the polling booth in Rangajan, Godamghat Miri Gaon School of the Tezpur district.
After the voters took up the issue with the polling officials, the voting was suspended. The officials assured to replace the EVM at the earliest.
An EVM consists of two units, a control unit, and the balloting unit, on top of which each candidate and his or her election symbol appears. The two units are joined by a five-meter cable. Balloting unit facilitates voting by a voter via labelled buttons while the control unit controls the ballot units, stores voting counts and displays the results on 7 segment LED displays. The voter selects his candidate by pressing the blue button.
Tezpur is considered to be one of the most important Lok Sabha seats with a maximum number of rural voters. The Gorkha population plays a pivotal role in this constituency followed by tea workers. The constituency covers Dhekiajuli, Barchalla, Tezpur, Rangapara, Sootea, Biswanath, Behali, Gohpur and Bihpuria.
A total of 76,03,458 electorates, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender will exercise their franchise in 9,574 polling stations.
Update: Contrasting reports from two major news media from Assam. While Time8 reports the incident, GPlus is now reporting that the News is fake.
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