Heavy polling in bypolls to 2 TN assembly segments
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 21:10
Chennai: Polling for bye-elections to two Tamil Nadu assembly constituencies was on Saturday by and large peaceful with heavy voting reported in both the segments.

About 82 percent polling was reported in the Vandavasi (SC) constituency and 78 per cent in Tiruchendur, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta told reporters here.

Polling was by and large peaceful with people turning up in large numbers to exercise their franchise. Besides state police, paramilitary forces had also been deployed, especially in sensitive booths, to ensure peaceful election, Police said.

"No untoward incident was reported," they said. The by-polls were necessitated due the death of DMK MLA S C Jayaraman at Vandavasi and resignation of former AIADMK MLA Anitha R Radhakrishnan at Tiruchendur.

The counting will be held on December 23. After the Lok Sabha polls, this is the first time arch rivals DMK and AIADMK are on the electoral battle turf as the latter had boycotted bypolls to five assembly seats in August. Actor-politician Vijayakant's DMDK is also in the fray.

The Election Commission, for the first time in the state, has taken measures to capture on web cameras, images of all voters at the time of polling which will be compared with their images available in the central server’s database of electoral photo rolls to quickly act on any possible discrepancy. The comparison will be done at a control room at the office of CEO.


First Published: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 21:10

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