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Assembly Election 2019 Voting Updates: EC replaces 305 faulty EVMs, 692 VVPATs in Tamil Nadu, says chief election officer

Assembly Election 2019 Voting LIVE Updates: The Election Commission has changed 384 EVMs and 692 VVPATs till 1:30 pm owing to technical glitches, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satybrata Sahoo said.

FP Staff April 18, 2019 15:08:52 IST
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Assembly Election 2019 Voting Updates: EC replaces 305 faulty EVMs, 692 VVPATs in Tamil Nadu, says chief election officer
  • In a test for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), 18 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will go to polls

  • In Odisha, 35 Assembly constituencies will vote in the second phase and a bypoll to Puducherry’s Thattanchavady seat will be held

  • Odisha will also vote on 23 and 29 April

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13:43 (ist)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Constituencies with swing votes voting today

As Odisha votes in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, trends showed that constituencies with a propensity for swing votes have gone to polls on Thursday. Additionally, OTV reported that trends also showed a high voter turnout in constituencies that had "high-profile" candidates. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is in the fray from the Hinjili and Bijepur Assembly constituencies.

12:06 (ist)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Constituency-wise voter turnout in Odisha:

According to reports, the voter turnout till 11 am in the second phase of the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha is: Kandhamal at 16 percent, Bargarh at 20 percent, Aska at 20 percent, Sundergarh at 18 percent, and Bolangir at 15 percent.

11:52 (ist)

Puducherry Assembly by-election latest updates

Puducherry sees 'brisk' voting for Assembly seat

Polling in the Thattanchavady Assembly seat was brisk even as the voter turnout for the lone Puducherry Lok Sabha seat was sluggish, reports said. According to the Election Commission, 1.96 percent voting was recorded in Puducherry from 7 am till 9.30 am and 5.21 percent in Thattanchavady Assembly by-election.

For the Assembly seat, there are eight candidates but the main fight is between All India NR Congress candidate P Nedounzejiane and DMK's K Venkatesan.

11:02 (ist)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

95-year-old dies at polling booth in Odisha

A 95-year-old man collapsed and died on Thursday while he was waiting in queue to cast his vote in the Kansamari booth of Sanakhemundi Assembly constituency under Aska Lok Sabha segment in the second phase of the polls. 

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Apr 18, 2019 - 16:04 (IST)
Puducherry by-elecion latest updates
 
Puducherry records 23 percent voting till noon
 
The Union territory recorded 23 percent voting on Thursday till noon for the lone Lok Sabha seat, which is witnessing a battle between the ruling Congress and opposition AINRC.
 
Twenty five percent polling was registered till noon for the vacant Thattanchavady Assembly seat, election officials said.
 
The main battle for the Parliamentary seat from the Union Territory is between the ruling Congress' candidate V Vaithilingam, a former assembly speaker and opposition AINRC nominee K Narayanasamy.
 
There are 18 contestants in the fray, including two women candidates.
 
PTI

Apr 18, 2019 - 15:45 (IST)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Voting delayed in 50 booth in Odisha due to technical snag

The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Tamil Nadu, Surendra Kumar told reporters that glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were noticed in some booths and the defects were immediately resolved to pave the way for voting. Kumaralso added that the machines were replaced wherever necessary.
 
Voting was delayed due to the snag in around 50 booths in different places under Aska, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, Sundergarh and Bolangir constituencies, the official said.
 
PTI

Apr 18, 2019 - 15:27 (IST)
Odisha Assembly election lastest updates
 
Over 76.93 lakh voters to decide fate of 279 candidates in fray for Thursday's polling. 
 
The 279 candidates in fray for Thursday's polling include Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and Union minister Jual Oram. The electoral fortunes of these candidates will be decided in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls
 
While Patnaik, also the BJD chief, is in the fray from Hinjili and Bijepur Assembly seats, Oram is contesting from the Sundargarh Lok Sabha constituency.
 
Out of the total electorate of 76,93,123, there are 37,47,493 women voters. At least 605 electors belong to the third gender.
 
PTI

Apr 18, 2019 - 15:19 (IST)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Polling at Sundergarh town stops due to technical gliches in EVMs

Owing to techcnical glitches in EVMs, polling was halted at booth no- 213 in Sundergarh Town. The returning officer has written to the Election Commission (EC), demanding re-polling in the booth, OTV reported.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:48 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly by-election latest updates

500 residents of Gummudipoondi in Tamil Nadu boycott polls

Almost 500 residents in Gummudipoondi constituency boycotted the election on Thursday in protest against pollution from an iron factory that was closed a few years ago, The Hindu reported.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:40 (IST)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Dharmendra Pradhan slams Naveen Patnaik over alleged attacks on BJP workers

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan slammed Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik over attacks on BJP cadre allegedly by BJD workers across Odisha. Pradhan, who has been at the helm of the saffron party's election campaign in the state, tweeted, "Chief Minister is creating an environment of terror; if he is popular, what is he scared of?"

Second phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly election is currently underway in the state.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:28 (IST)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Odisha records 31 percent voter turnout at 2 pm

Odisha, which voted in Lok Sabha election and for 35 Assembly seats, saw a voter turnout at 33 percent in the second phase on Thursday.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:26 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly by-election latest updates

305 faulty EVMs replaced in Tamil Nadu: CEO

Tamil Nadu chief election officer Satyabrata Sahoo was quoted by reports as saying that 305 malfunctioning EVMs had been replaced in the second phase of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in the state.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:15 (IST)

Odisha Assembly election latest updates

Jual Oram casts vote in Bonai, says 'enrich festival of democracy'

Union tribal affairs minister and BJP’s Sundergarh Lok Sabha candidate Jual Oram cast his vote in Kendudihi in Odisha's Bonai. “I urge all my brothers and sisters to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy,” said Oram.

Apr 18, 2019 - 14:10 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Assembly by-election latest updates

42 percent voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in Tamil Nadu

In the Tamil Nadu, the voter turnout for 18 Assembly seats seeing by-elections was recorded at 42.92 percent till 1 pm.

Assembly Election 2019 Voting LATEST Updates: The Election Commission has changed 384 EVMs and 692 VVPATs till 1:30 pm owing to technical glitches, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satybrata Sahoo said.

Union tribal affairs minister and BJP’s Sundergarh Lok Sabha candidate Jual Oram cast his vote in Kendudihi in Odisha's Bonai. “I urge all my brothers and sisters to vote in record numbers and enrich this festival of democracy,” said Oram.

As Odisha votes in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls on Thursday, trends showed that constituencies with a propensity for swing votes have gone to polls on Thursday. Additionally, OTV reported that trends also showed a high voter turnout in constituencies that had "high-profile" candidates. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik is in the fray from the Hinjili and Bijepur Assembly constituencies.

In Odisha, At least 14 villages have boycotted the Lok Sabha and Assembly election even as 35 Assembly seats when to the polls on Thursday.

In Puducherry, All India NR Congress candidate P Nedounzejiane and DMK's K Venkatesan are reportedly the main contenders in the fight for the Thattanchavady Assembly seat in Pondicherry. Eight candidates in all are in the fray as the by-election is conducted on Thursday.

Polling in the Thattanchavady Assembly seat was brisk even as the voter turnout for the lone Puducherry Lok Sabha seat was sluggish, reports said. According to the Election Commission, 1.96 percent voting was recorded in Puducherry from 7 am till 9.30 am and 5.21 percent in Thattanchavady Assembly by-election.

For the Assembly seat, there are eight candidates but the main fight is between All India NR Congress candidate P Nedounzejiane and DMK's K Venkatesan.

A 95-year-old man collapsed and died on Thursday while he was waiting in queue to cast his vote in the Kansamari booth of Sanakhemundi Assembly constituency under Aska Lok Sabha segment in the second phase of the polls.

A 74-year-old man fell unconscious and reportedly died at the Omalur polling booth in Tamil Nadu's Salem on Thursday, as the state is witnessing both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

DMK chief MK Stalin, who took over the reigns of the party after the death of party supremo Karunanidhi last year, in an interview on Wednesday said that the by-elections to 18 Assembly seats in the state had given the DMK-led Opposition a chance to "topple" the E Palaniswami-led AIADMK government.

Stalin told The Times of India, "There is visible anger against the (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and AIADMK governments. People are prepared to vote for the Secular Progressive Front led by the DMK. We will win all 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry."

Odisha chief electoral officer Surendra Kumar said that seven percent voter turnout had been recorded till 9 am.

At least 22 Assembly seats will see by-elections over April and May. On Thursday, 18 constituencies will vote in Assembly by-elections. Of these, the AIADMK government, led by Chief Minister E Palaniswami, needs to win at least 10 to retain power in the state.

A polling official was shot dead by Maoists on Wednesday near Barla village under Gochhapada police station limits in Maoist-affected Kandhamal district ahead of the second phase of ongoing polls in the state.

The deceased polling officer, identified as Sanjukta Digal, was on her way for election duty when Maoists exploded an IED targeting the vehicle she was travelling in but narrowly missed it. Subsequently they opened fire at the vehicle and Digal was killed. Other officials who were travelling with her are safe.

Expressing condolences, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted: "Deeply anguished by the sad demise of polling supervisor Sanjukta Digal in Maoist attack in Kandhamal district of Odisha on her way to polling booth. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayer for the departed soul."

In another incident, Maoists set a bike and two SUVs on fire. The vehicles were carrying polling materials like EVMs and VVPATs etc to a booth in a remote village in Phiringia. Thirteen polling officials travelling by these vehicles got down before the Maoists torched the vehicles.

Over 60,000 polling personnel have been deployed to conduct the second phase, Kumar said, adding, 8,700 vehicles will be used for their transportation. "For the first time in the state, the vehicles of all sector officers are provided with GPS tracking facilities to ensure proper monitoring," CEO Surendra Kumar said.

The E Palaniswami-led AIADMK government is running on a "thin majority" currently and it is essential for the party to win most of the 18 Assembly seats going to polls in by-elections on Thursday.

Odisha chief minister and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik is in the fray from Hinjili and Bijepur constituencies on Thursday, as the state votes in the second phase of the Assembly election.

In a test for the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), 18 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu will go to polls on Thursday. In Odisha, 35 Assembly constituencies will vote in the second phase and a bypoll to Puducherry’s Thattanchavady seat will be held on 18 April.

The 18 assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu are Poonamallee, Perambur, Tiruporur, Sholinghur, Gudiyatham, Ambur, Hosur, Pappireddipapatti, Harur, Nilakkottai, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Manamadurai, Andipatti, Periyakulam, Sattur, Paramakudi and Vilathikulam.

Of the 22 vacant Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, 18 will go to polls in this phase, with the Edappadi K Palaniswami-led AIADMK, whose strength is 114, hoping to surpass the majority mark in the 234-member Assembly. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK)-led front currently has 97 MLAs is looking at winning all the seats by riding the anti-incumbency wave.

For the Assembly bypolls, AIADMK has allied with Pattali Makkal Katchi and Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK). The vacancies had arisen after 18 MLAs were disqualified in August 2017 after they revolted against Palaniswami after he merged the faction led by him with that of O Panneerselvam’s, then a rebel leader. Other seats were vacated due to the deaths of sitting MLAs, including DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.

The remaining four constituencies — Aravakurichi, Sulur, Ottapidaram and Thiruparankundram — will vote on 19 May.

Odisha last voted for 28 Assembly segments on 11 April. On 18 April, it will vote in 35 constituencies, namely Padampur, Bijepur, Bargarh, Attabira (SC), Bhatli, Brajarajnagar, Jharsuguda, Talsara (ST), Sundargarh (ST), Biramitrapur (ST), Raghunathpali (SC), Rourkela, Rajgangpur (ST), Bonai (ST), Birmaharajpur (SC), Sonepur, Loisingha (SC), Patnagarh, Bolangir, Titlagarh, Kantabanji, Baliguda (ST), G. Udayagiri (ST), Phulbani (ST), Kantamal, Boudh, Daspalla (SC), Bhanjanagar, Polasara, Kabisuryanagar, Khalikote (SC), Aska, Surada, Sanakhemundi and Hinjili.

The state will also vote on 23 and 29 April. Among the prominent parties in the fray are Naveen Ptnaik-led Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Congress and BJP.

Puducherry’s Thattanchavady will see a contest between 18 candidates from the Congress, All India NR Congress and AIADMK, among other parties. Two women candidates are also in the fray. The seat fell vacant after the sitting MLA Ashok Anand was disqualified after being convicted by a CBI court in a disproportionate assets case.

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