Pudukottai polls recorded over 70% turnout

Boycott by parties fails to affect voter enthusiasm; bypoll peaceful, say police.

Published: 13th June 2012 08:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2012 09:28 AM   |  A+A-

Despite boycott by many political parties, including the DMK, the turnout of voters in the Pudukottai bypoll recorded 73.45 per cent.

According to Collector V Kalaiarasi, the polling percentage was provisionally put at 73.45. The final figure of polling would be released on Wednesday.

Across the constituency, polling was brisk in the early hours between 8 and 9 am. As the mercury levels soared with every passing hour since then, polling slowed down.

Voting in Mazhaiyur had a delayed start due to EVM faults. In Pudukkottai union, the polling stations for  the villages of Kaniyappatti and Vadavalam were too far from the residential areas, the people alleged.

In many polling booths, including Ashok Nagar and Machivadi Government Model Higher Secondary School, the security personnel manning the booths did not allow two wheelers carrying elderly inside the premises. Some of them refused to vote and went back. In Meenampatti, a tea stall functioning near the polling booth from early morning was closed after the cadre of a political party raised objections.

The entire polling activity was filmed by web cameras and the visuals were loaded online immediately.

As per the Election Commission’s instructions, the district administration had made elaborate arrangements for distributing booth slips to voters by their own officials.

In Pudukkottai city, the municipal authorities took the initiative of distributing booth slips to the city voters. However, due to scarcity of employees, many voters did not receive the booth slips till Monday night.

The municipal authorities arranged a temporary counter in front of the every polling booth and distributed the booth slips after receiving complaints from the public.

Superintendent of Police R Sudhakar, addressing the media, said the police had arranged three-tier security cover at every booth and no untoward incidents were reported in any place.

The bypoll was necessitated following the untimely death of  former MLA SP Muthukumaran, who won with AIADMK support.


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