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70 per cent cast votes in repolling in 18 polling stations

Written by: Staff
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Chennai, May 10 (UNI) An estimated 70 per cent of the electorate cast their votes at 18 polling stations in repoll held today following the failure of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during May eight Assembly election in Tamil Nadu.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Naresh Gupta said the repolling went off peacefully, but voters attached to two polling stations in Tirutani constituency, boycotted the process.

Repoll was ordered at five booths in Tiruttani constituency, three in Palacode and one each in Anna Nagar, Sriperumbudur, Mugaiyur, Aathur, Vedachandur, Kolathur, Thiruvandanai, Paramakudi, Virudhunagar and Vasudevanallur constituencies.

In two booths in Tirutani constituency, the voters boycotted the poll, protesting against order of repoll for the simple reason that more than 80 per cent of votes were polled in the two booths on May eight.

While just only one of the 1,336 voters in Adhikathur village cast vote, all the 813 voters in Periyakalakapadur village stayed back, without exercising their franchise.

However, in three other booths, more than 80 per cent cast their votes, a report from Tiruvallur said. At Makanyam in Sriperumbudur constituency, 79 per cent of the 1,113 voters exercised their franchise.

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