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Brisk polling in Kerala; complaints of technical glitches in booths

Polling, Booth, glitches

Thiruvananthapuram : Brisk polling is reported from Kerala Tuesday as voting is underway in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies, even as there were complaints of technical glitches in electronic voting machines in some polling booths. Many polling stations witnessed heavy rush and long queues in the initial hours.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor and Union minister, Alphons Kannamthanam are key contenders in the state. Women, senior citizens and first-time electors turned up in large numbers to exercise their francise. State Governor P Sathasivam, Chief minister, Pinarayi
Vijayan, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chenntithala, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal and candidates of various constituencies were among the early voters.

Glitches in EVMs in some polling booths have been reported in the initial hours of voting in Cherthala in Alappuzha district and Kovalam in the state capital. However, Thiruvananthapuram district collector K Vasuki dismissed reports of glitches in the machine in Kovalam and said it was ensured that it was error-free and the polling was continuing. While Sathasivam voted at a booth here, Vijayan, stood in a queue to cast his vote at Pinarayi in northern Kannur district along with his family members.

After exercising his franchise, Vijayan told reporters that there was some problem in the voting machine in his booth and in two other places nearby.

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