Tamil Nadu Elections: Peaceful Polls Record About 72% Turnout
By: Ishita Kukreja
The voting for 234 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu concluded on Tuesday evening, recording a 71.79% voter turnout. The total number of eligible voters was 6,28,69,955. The polling concluded after 12 hours at 7 pm.
The highest voting percentage was observed to be 78% in the Kallakurichi district and the lowest voting percentage was observed in Chennai which is 59.40%
The voting percentage was recorded to be the third-highest over the last two decades. Even the persons affected with COVID-19 were allowed to cast their votes in the last hour - between 6 pm and 7 pm. DMK MP Kanimozhi cast her vote at this time.
Both police personnel and the patients were seen wearing PPE kits. Many voters, The Hindu reported, even have to return without casting their votes as they did not know the last hour was reserved for COVID-19 patients.
The two big parties - the DMK (Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam) and the AIADMK (All India Anna Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam) - traded accusations of irregularities in the Coimbatore district, as did Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan who trained his big guns at the other two.
Meanwhile, HT reported that unidentified people hurled stones at the car of Lok Sabha MP OP Ravindranath in Theni, from where his father and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam is contesting.
The EC, while addressing concerns, said that “EVM [electronic voting machine] glitches were attended to immediately and polling went on smoothly”.
The counting of votes will happen on 2 May. No re-polling has been announced on any seat yet. However, till 7 April if any issue is reported decision would be taken accordingly. There are 75 counting centres that are heavily secured with three-tier security consisting of CRPF personnel and the state police.
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