Voting for the by-elections of four Lok Sabha seats (I in Uttar Pradesh, 2 Maharashtra and 1 in Nagaland) and 10 assembly seats has started at 7.00 in the morning. Apart from the only Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana, Palghar, Bhandara-Gondia and Nagaland, elections are being held in two assembly seats in Karnataka, RR Nagar, and Jayanagar. Voting on all these seats will take place till 5 PM. Strict security arrangements have been made on polling booths for voting. The results of the election of all the Lok Sabha and Assembly seats will be announced on May 31. Additional Paramilitary Force and PAC force is present at the susceptible booths for the Noorpur assembly by-election. The security personnel of the men who reached the booths would also stay away from the 200 meters radius. 14 Central Paramilitary Force has been deployed for the protection of 351 booths at 211 polling center.
10 assembly seats– – Nurpur (Uttar Pradesh) – Maheshtala (West Bengal) – Gomiya (Jharkhand) – Silli (Jharkhand) – Jokihat (Bihar) – Ampati (Meghalaya) – Shahkot (Punjab) – Tharali (Uttarakhand) – Chengannur (Kerala)
Kairana, Noorpur Bypoll Elections LIVE Updates
5:40 PM IST- Over 43 percent polling was recorded till 4 pm in the Kairana Lok Sabha constituency while 47 percent votes were polled in the Noorpur Assembly constituency amid complaints of EVMs malfunctioning. Amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning, the EC assured that faulty machines were being changed and a re-poll would be ordered, wherever necessary
5:02 PM IST- In view of the difficulties in EVM in Kairana and Noorpur, BJP state President Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has met to the Chief Electoral Officer. Dr. Pandey has demanded the Chief Election Officer, where EVM machines are facing difficulties, should be repolls again immediately and voting should be done smoothly.
4:50 PM IST- BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said on the complaints registered by opposition leaders regarding the EVM Malfunctioning “These people questioned to EVM after losing the elections, but now they are giving up before the elections.” Voting is going on and these people continue to excuse the EVM. They know that what is going to happen. The public is not with them and the excuse is EVM.
4:40 PM IST- After Opposition’s complaints about large-scale EVM malfunctioning in UP and Maharashtra, the EC has responded saying the reports are ‘exaggerated’.
4:15 PM IST- Over 43% polling till 4 pm in Kairana amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning
4:00 PM IST- Amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning, the EC assured that faulty machines were being changed and a re-poll would be ordered, wherever necessary
3:30 PM IST- West Bengal’s Maheshtala records 62.85% polling till 3 pm
3:20 PM IST- According to the Election Commission, till 2 pm, Kairana recorded 37.61 per cent polling, while the polling percentage in Noorpur Assembly constituency was 42 percent.
3:00 PM IST- Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh and Samajwadi Party’s senior leader Ramgopal Yadav are going to meet the officials of the Election Commission at 3:30 pm on the issue of EVM malfunctioning and VVPAT in Kairana and Noorpur.
2:45 PM IST- Uttarakhand’s Tharali records 26 percent polling till 1pm
2:30 PM IST- UP’s Kairana records just over 30 percent polling till 1 pm
2:15 PM IST- RLD spokesman Anil Dubey said there are reports of EVM malfunctioning in both the constituencies, especially in areas where the RLD-SP have influence. “We are going to meet the CEO to lodge a formal complaint in this regard,” Dubey said.
2:00 PM IST- EVMs malfunctioning in Bhandara-Gondiya poll. In many big European nations, election commissions have rejected the EVMs and gone back to ballot paper system. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav ji just called me up, he also said 300 EVMs not working in Kairana bypoll: Praful Patel, NCP
Question not about people’s verdict. It is about a state of democracy where we cannot let people cast their vote freely! Why are so many EVMs malfunctioning? EC can maintain EVMs getting fixed but what about those voters who returned without casting votes? https://t.co/nFyh01LCnZ
— Jayant Chaudhary (@jayantrld) May 28, 2018
1:45 PM IST- In the case, UP Government spokesperson and Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said that BJP is going to win in this by-election. the opposition is making an issue about the EVM’s malfunction, will he go to Delhi and write to the Chief Election Commissioner, that whatever the outcome, the re-election should be done again.
1:20 PM IST- DM Inder Kumar Singh, after complaining of malfunction in Kairana and Noorpur, he said, “Sensors of VVPAT machines are getting disturbed due to high heat temperature. We are getting complaints continuously and we have been deploying them in 15 minutes. Officers are deployed at every center to tackle technical difficulties and complaints are being removed in 15 minutes.
1:10 PM IST- Noorpur has recorded 21.34 polling till 11 am.
12:45 PM IST- A delegation of BJP reaches ECI with complaints of EVMs developing a snag. They are seeking repolling in 67 polling booths, mainly in Gangoh and Nakur assembly segments in Kairana
12:30 PM IST- BJP hits back at the joint opposition over EVM issue: Cabinet minister Srikant Sharma says that the opposition knows that it is going to lose the bypoll
12:00 PM IST- 21.34 % voting recorded till 11 am. getting reports of problems in EVMs in the by-election, but still voters should go out and vote”. UP Former CM Akhilesh Yadav said on Twitter.
11:50 AM IST– RLD candidate Tabassum Hassan has filed an official complaint on VVPATS. She has claimed that 59 VVPATS are not working.
11:38 AM IST- In 2017 assembly election, BJP candidate from Noorpur assembly seat Lokendra Singh polled 78,951 votes, SP’s Naim-ul-Hasan got 66,289 and BSP’s Gohar Iqbal secured 45,791 votes.
— Samajwadi Party (@samajwadiparty) May 28, 2018
उप चुनाव में जगह-जगह से EVM मशीन के ख़राब होने की ख़बरें आ रही हैं, लेकिन फिर भी अपने मताधिकार के लिए ज़रूर जाएँ और अपना कर्तव्य निभाएँ.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) May 28, 2018
11:26 AM IST- Between Voting for Kairana and Noorpur Bye-Elections in UP, Samajwadi Party has accused tempering. SP leader Rajendra Chaudhary said, “There are reports that 140 EVMs were detected in Noorpur, that is because the EVMs have been tampered with.
10:45 AM IST– Tabassum Hasan, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate, cast her vote and said that EVMs were being tampered with everywhere. “machines are being tampered everywhere, faulty machines haven’t been replaced in Muslim and Dalit dominated areas. They (BJP) think they can win polls like this. That won’t happen,” she said.
10:30 AM IST- Polling percentage at 9 am stood around 15 percent in Kairana:
Kairana- 9 percent
Shamli – 8.5 percent
Thana Bhawan – 14 percent
10:20 AM IST- In Uttarakhand’s Tharali, the EVMs complained of disturbances, polling agents demanded new EVMs on a polling booth.
10:00 AM IST- 10.20% voting recorded till 9 am in Kairana Lok Sabha by-election
9:50 AM IST- Voting has not started at a polling booth in Arjun-Morgaon area of Gondiya in Maharashtra, due to faulty EVM
9:45 AM IST- According to the Election Commission, there are 16.09 lakh voters in Kairana. This includes 8.73 lakh male voters and 7.36 lakh female voters. Noorpur assembly constituency has 3.06 lakh voters.
9:30 AM IST- In Kairana, there are 12 candidates in the fray, while from Noorpur there are 10 candidates in the field.
9:10 AM IST- Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda has passed away in a road accident near Tulasigeri, Karnataka. He was on his way from Goa to Bagalkot.
9:00 AM IST- The Independent candidate Kanwar Hasan dropped out of the competition and announced that he was backing 48-year-old Tabassum Hasan of the RLD, who is also backed by a united opposition including Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, Mayawati’s BSP, Congress, Nishad Party, and Aam Aadmi Party.
8:45 AM IST- Former MP Hukum Singh’s daughter Mriganka Singh is taking on Tabassum Hasan who has been propped as the candidate to oppose the BJP. Tabassum Hasan was earlier with Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, then moved to the Samajwadi Party before joining Ajit Singh’s RLD. Her late husband Munawar Hasan has represented the seat earlier.