Voting is being held in 11,225 polling booths with an electorate of 88.26 lakh - including 46.68 lakh women, 41.58 lakh men and 61 transgender voters.
SEC makes the call after taking opinions of political parties into consideration
Byelections are due in 26 constituencies which have fallen vacant following resignations of 24 MLAs of the Congress, and death of two legislators earlier.
He said the machines are in use for 20 years now and there was no question of returning to the ballot paper.
The NCP submitted a letter to the chief electoral officer, in which it said that there is a fear about the possible hacking of EVMs and VVPATs.
Speaking to reporters after attending Cabinet meeting here, Mungantiwar questioned the timing of Shuja's claims.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said that while he congratulates everybody who has won the election, he would like to dare the BJP to conduct elections via paper ballot.
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Simple majority of 112 seats eluded BJP and the Congress quickly gave its support to the third-placed JD(S) to keep the saffron party out of power in the southern states.
This is to avoid confusion among voters about cadidates with same names.
Had it not been for NOTA, the Congress in all likelihood would have won with a majority to form the government, say analysts.
The Aam Aadmi Party referred to a news report on the alleged link of a Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd scam to a foreign company making microchips for Electronic Voting Machines abroad.
The court asked Congress to instead move a substantive petition directly to the apex court seeking electoral reforms with regards to Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail.
Bharuch District Collector Sandeep Sangle on Saturday dismissed the allegations of EVM tampering in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections.
The Election Commission is using 81,860 Ballot Units, 66,358 Control Units and 71,564 VVPATs, including the surplus units, in the Gujarat polls.
Some people could not vote because their names were missing from the voters list.