Srirangam bypoll sees 82 percent polling

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Chennai, Feb 13: Polling in the bye-election for the Srirangam assembly constituency Friday saw around 82 percent voting, said officials.

Polling began at 7 am and went on till 6 p.m. without any major untoward incidents.

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A total of 322 polling booths had been set up for around 270,000 voters to elect their representative out of 29 contestants.

The assembly seat was earlier held by former chief minister J.Jayalalithaa and the bye-election necessitated following her disqualification after her conviction in a corruption case and sentence of four years in jail.

However, the contest was amongst the AIADMK, DMK, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Communist Party of India-Marxist.

The ruling AIADMK has worked hard to retain the prestigious seat with several ministers and senior leaders campaigning in the constituency.

Votes will be counted on Monday, Feb 16.

IANS

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