New Delhi: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah started playing the old victim card on Electronic Voting Machines during the first phase of polling in the general elections.

 Abdullah posted a tweet early morning saying, “Congress button is not working in Poonch polling stations” along with which he also shared a YouTube link showing a polling officer complaining about the same.

The incident, he alleges, has taken place in the polling booth of Poonch district which comes under the Jammu constituency from where Jugal Kishore of BJP is the current MP.

The video shows the polling booth officer, expressing his concerns over the delay of polling due to EVM malfunctioning.  

The Election Commission official said, "There was a delay in polling, due to a problem -- a button on the EVM is not working. We have informed the district administration.” He also said, “the deputy commissioner has also been informed about the malfunctioning EVM.”

The poll officer without taking the name of a particular party, only pointed out that the button of the political party with the ‘hand’ symbol not working. The reason for it is still unclear. 

It could be considered as a technical fault, but people from various polling booths are complaining about the same especially in Poonch and Surankote districts. The presiding officer in Shahpur said the EVM was functional when it was issued from the EC office.

The deputy collector of Poonch has stated the matter and has said, “not only the Congress button but the BJP button is also not working on these EVM machines.”

Today is the first phase of the polling for the two seats from Jammu and Kashmir, Baramulla and Jammu.