Mumbai: People complain of slow voting process, stand in long queues

Mumbai: Dispelling the fears of low turnout, people in large numbers stood in long queues at various polling stations in the North Central constituency even though the polling process was slow. The voters stood in queues for more than 1.5 hours. The polling station at Chandivali and Bandra (E) were some of the pollng booths with huge voter turnout.

The voting process, which started at 7.00 am on Monday, saw long queues of voters from 9.00 am onwards in the constituency. The voters had to stand in the queue for more than 1.5 hours on an average. One of the voters from Andheri .5 hours. The polling station at Chandivali and Bandra (E) were some of the pollng booths with huge voter turnout.

The voting process, which started at 7.00 am on Monday, saw long queues of voters from 9.00 am onwards in the constituency. The voters had to stand in the queue for more than 1.5 hours on an average. One of the voters from Andheri (E), Krishna Janpar (43), a senior sales executive working with a matrimonial portal, said, “Our office had allowed us to report to work two hours late so that we could go and cast our votes.

However, I waited in the queue for close to two hours.” Janpar added that people who were voting at other booths moved much faster as all senior citizens were asked to cast their votes in the booth allotted to them.

Citizens of Kandivali (W) also stood in long queues at Kapol school in Mahavir Nagar where the the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) for booth number 42 had reportedly stopped functioning. The senior citizens and physically challenged people were given preference at the polling booths and were not asked to stand in queues.

Some voters also appreciated the efforts of the polling officials and staff. A few youngsters also took to Twitter, where they posted that despite going to vote at Andheri (W) at 8 am, their votes were cast only after 9.45 am due to the slow process of the voting. Similar long queues were also seen at South Central and North East constituencies in the south and central Mumbai.

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