You've Had Your Say, Now Wait For May 16 - The New Indian Express

You've Had Your Say, Now Wait For May 16

Published: 25th April 2014 07:46 AM

Last Updated: 25th April 2014 08:45 AM

The approximate polling percentage in Tamil Nadu for the current Lok Sabha elections held on Thursday stands at 72.8 per cent. As final figures are yet to be received from some constituencies, the final polling percentage may go up slightly.

During the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the turnout stood at 72.98 per cent. Though the poll percentage is almost same as that of 2009, the number of voters has gone up sizeably in this election. Given that the size of the electorate in these elections was 5.51 crore (1.35 crore more than 2009), the voter participation has gone up significantly. Asked about the not-so-high turnout, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said, “The poll percentage during Assembly elections is always high except while in Lok Sabha elections it is less than the former.”

Of the 39 constituencies, Dharmapuri recorded the highest turnout of 80.99 while South Chennai recorded the lowest poll percentage of 57.86.  Kumar said, 129 EVMs were replaced across the State following complaints.

Election boycotts were reported from five places, including Oriyur near Vellore (Arakkonam constituency) where only two voters cast their ballots against the total number of 421 voters. In Marudhur (Erode), only one of the 811 voters turned up at the polling booth. None of the 402 voters at a village in Krishnagiri voted.

Total boycott was also witnessed in Kariyapatti (Dindigul) and Karuvidaicherry (Ariylar). The ballots will be counted on May 16.

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