Repoll ordered in eight booths in Tamil Nadu

The repolls were necessitated due to defective display of EVMs, damage of EVMs by unruly elements and also boycott of voters in one place protesting shifting of polling station among other reasons.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 23:37 PM IST

Chennai: Repolling would be held in eight
polling stations spread across six constituencies in Tamil
Nadu on Friday, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said.

The repolls were necessitated due to defective display of
EVMs, damage of EVMs by unruly elements and also boycott of
voters in one place protesting shifting of polling station
among other reasons, he told reporters here today.

Elections to the 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly were held
on April 13.

The repolls would be held in two polling stations in
Samathikuppam (Neyveli constituency in Cuddalore district),
one in Ananthamangalam (Killiur-Kanniyakumari), two in
Valaiyavuttam and Paruthikodi (Thiruvadaimarudhur-Thanjavur
district), one in Arni (Arni in Tiruvannamalai district), one
in Sankarapuram (Bodinaikanur in Theni district) and one in
Puliyampatti (Sankarankovil-Tirunelveli district).

He said in the booth in Puliyampatti the polling agents
were seen in the video captured by the web camera, taking the
voters to the voting compartments to cast their franchise,
which was a violation.

Cases would be registered against the presiding officer
and other officials of the booth, he said.

On security cover in counting centres where the EVMs had
been kept in strong rooms, Kumar said 27 companies of Central
Reserve Police Force (CRPF) would be deployed in the interior
perimeter while Tamil Nadu Special Police would guard the
outer perimeter.

To a question about over-crowding when film actor
Rajnikant cast his vote in a city booth, he said visuals
recorded in the booth had been sent to the Election Commission
for its consideration.

On the conduct of the polls without any major incident,
he said the credit should go to the entire team. "The
Collectors, the flying squad and finally it is the voters who
came out in large numbers. People are the real hero (for this
success)."

He said Karur registered the highest poll percentage of
86.06 per cent while Chennai at 68.02 per cent recorded the
lowest followed by Kanniyakumari district with 68.93 per cent.

In Tiruvarur where Chief Minister M Karunanidhi
contested, 81.42 per cent voters cast their franchise while
Srirangam where AIADMK Chief Jayalalithaa is in fray witnessed
80.95 per cent. Kolathur constituency in Chennai where Deputy
Chief Minister MK Stalin contested recorded 68.25 per cent
polling.

PTI