October 17th, 2011
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TN civic poll fever

TN-pollsChennai: Polling for the first phase of the civic polls in Tamilnadu started across the State this morning on a peaceful note. Bright to moderate turnout of voters is being reported from various parts of the State. No untoward incident was reported as polling began at 10 Corporations, 60 Municipalities, 259 Town Panchayats and 191 Village Panchayats at 7 am.

Voters in some parts of Chennai alleged that their names were missing in the electoral list, following which they were unable to exercise their franchise. In some booths, the polling process was affected initially due to some technical hitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Reports said the polling was delayed in some of the booths due to late installation of web cameras as per the High Court order. At 11 am, 23 per cent of votes were polled in Coimbatore, 25 per cent in Nilgiris, 25 per cent in Sivaganga, 35 per cent in Perambalur and 27. 55 per cent in Tuticorin.

A total of around 80,000 police personnel have been posted for security with more than 10,000 engaged in Chennai. Among the early voters who exercised their franchise were Tamilnadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa, DMK president M Karunanidhi, DMDK leader and actor Vijayakanth and State Election Commissioner S Aiyyar.

In Chennai, AIADMK’s Mayoral candidate S Duraisamy and DMK candidate and Mayor M Subramanian among others, are the important contestants.


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