Final count: TN records 71.90 % in LS polls

Chennai, Apr 20:
Tamil Nadu recorded an average voter turnout of 71.90 per cent in the elections held to 38 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday, the Election Commission said.
Dharmapuri Parliamentary constituency recorded the highest turnout of 80.49 per cent, while the lowest was Chennai South with 56.34 per cent.
Chennai Central recorded 58.69 per cent polling, Sriperumbudur 61.64 per cent and Chennai North 63.48 per cent, according to the EC data.
For the bypolls to the 18 Assembly seats, the final poll percentage was 75.56 per cent, the Election Commission said Friday.
Kulithalai assembly constituency recorded the maximum of 85.77 per cent polling while Mylapore segment registered the lowest at 54.78 per cent.
Earlier, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo had indicated the poll percentage would see a minor change as the observers were in the process of tallying EVMs and VVPATs.
On allegations of irregularities at a polling booth in Dharmapuri constituency, Sahoo said, a “special report” has been sought from the District Electoral Officer (DEO).
A report has also been sought on complaints of en masse deletion of voters’ names from the list in Kanyakumari.
About the possibility of any repolling, the CEO said, “it will always be taken into consideration based on the General Observer’s remarks.” The EVMs and VVPATs used in polling centres would be protected in strong rooms till the counting day (May 23), he said.
The State has a total of 45 counting Centres. The CRPF would provide the first layer of security, followed by the State police, he said.
To a question on reports of the indelible ink being put on top actor Rajinikanth’s right hand on Thursday when he voted, Sahoo said the EC instructions make it clear that the index finger on the left hand should be the first choice but said it could be a “genuine mistake.” “Election Commission’s instructions is first it should be the left hand index finger or the the next finger or the next.
If not, one can go for the right hand,” he said.
“Let’s see. It appears to be a genuine mistake,” he said on what kind of action could be taken in the matter.

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