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Record turnout of 70.22 p c in TN polls: CEO

Written by: Staff

Chennai, May 9 (UNI) A record 70.22 per cent of the over 4.63 crore electorate, the highest percentage of turnout since 1984, have exercised their franchise in single phase election to all 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu.

State Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta told reporters here this evening that Karur constituency yesterday recorded the highest percentage of voters turnout at 77.15, while the lowest was 58.28 per cent in Chennai.

Yesterday's polling percentage marked about 11 per cent increase from the 59.05 per cent recorded during the 2001 Assembly election.

Of those who cast their votes, male voters constituted 51 per cent and women accounted for 49 per cent, he added.

He said 82 per cent of the voters discharged their democratic duty using photo identity cards.

The CEO said elaborate security arrangements had been made at the 82 counting centres in Tamil Nadu. The counting of votes is scheduled to commence at 0800 hrs on May 11.

Following is the district-wise percentage of voters turnout recorded during yesterday's polling: Chennai 58.28 per cent, Tiruvallur 68.57, Kancheepuram 68.14, Vellore 71.17, Tiruvannamalai 73.79, Cuddalore 74.54, Krishnagiri 71.06, Salem 73, Namakkal 70.35, Coimbatore 69.40, Erode 73.64, Nilgiris 65.52, Dindigul 71.74, Theni 70.45, Madurai 70.23, Karur 77.15, Perambalur 77.14, Tiruchirapalli 73.10.

Nagapattinam 75.45 per cent, Tiruvarur 75.80, Thanjavur 74.52, Pudukkottai 73.19, Sivaganga 64.11, Ramanathapuram 63.1, Virudhunagar 72.2, Tuticorin 65.84, Tirunelveli 68.86 and Kanyakumari 63.46.


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