Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll: 46.50 percent voters count in district

The number of votes recorded in the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll is 46.50 percent and the counting will be done on May 31

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After the shut down of EVM machines during the voting of Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll, the opposition lashed out on Bharatiya Janata Party and blamed it for the same. However, the Election Commission (EC) refused for the re-elections and said that the replacement for the defected machines has been made.

However, the election process is over now and the voters turn out was about 46.50 percent till 6:00 in the evening, Election Commission official Prashant Naranvare informed. Apart from the closure of the EVM machines, no other incident has happened in the district.

There are approximately 17 lakh voters in the Palghar constituency. Of them, around nine lakh and seven thousand men and eight lakh 23 thousand women came out to vote along with 85 voters of the other gender.

For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine was used for the Palghar Lok Sabha bypoll. After the voting started, complaints were received from various polling booths about the non-functioning of the machines. However, the polling started after the machines were replaced with an alternative.

In Palghar district, around 276 VVPAT machines were changed in the day for technical reasons and machines like CU-14 and BU-12 were replaced. The district had a total of 2097 polling booths and 2608 VVPAT machines. After that, 2480 CU BU machines were made available.

After the polling, all the attention is on the vote counts now. The counting of votes will be on May 31 at 8:00 in the morning in Surendranagar.

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