Ahmedabad: Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia has submitted a complaint with the Election Commission of India (EC) claiming that electronic voting machines (EVMs) are connecting via Bluetooth technology to mobile phones.

Modhwadia, who is contesting the Porbandar assembly seat that he won in 2002 and 2007, said he has submitted a screenshot of his phone to the EC.

The issue was raised in six polling booths in Porbandar’s Memanwada area that is dominated by the minority community. “When the youth went to vote, they switched on their Bluetooth connections, which recognized the Bluetooth device in the polling booth. We have taken screenshots and have given them to the Election Commission. The Election Commission has ordered the observer to look into the matter,” said Devsi Modhwadia, a youth leader in Porbandar, adding that they have demanded that the slips issued by the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines be counted for the six polling booths.

A similar complaint was filed on Saturday in Junagadh’s Mangrol constituency.

The first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections is being held on Saturday, with voters in 89 constituencies in 19 districts for south Gujarat and Saurashtra exercising their franchise. The second leg of voting, covering the remaining 93 constituencies in 14 districts, will take place on Thursday. The votes will be counted on 18 December.