Irked over the delay in sending polling percentages by the officials concerned, the State Election Commission (SEC) has decided to issue memos to them. SEC officials had a hard time compiling the polling percentages at regular intervals as there was a delay in receiving the data from the polling centres. “There was a delay on the part of the officials concerned in sending the polling percentage data to the control room set up at the SEC headquarters. It has been decided to issue memos to those responsible for it,” said an official.
SEC officials suspect that poor Internet connectivity at the polling centres led to the delay in transmitting the data to the control room. “There could have been issues with the Internet at the returning officers’ end. Such a problem had never surfaced before,” said an official.
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For the first time, the ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option was made available in the MCD polls. A total of 1,32,10,206 voters, including over 1.1 lakh first-time voters, were entitled to exercise their franchise to elect councillors for the 270 wards under the three civic bodies — NDMC (103 wards), SDMC (104) and EDMC (63). Voting officially ended at 5.30 PM, although those who had queued up in front of the polling booths by that time were allowed to cast their votes.