October 19th, 2011
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TN second phase of polls:Brisk turn out

2nd-phase-pollChennai: Polling for the second phase of civic elections in Tamilnadu began on a brisk note at 7 am today amidst tight security. The voting process was by and large peaceful all over the State and 40 to 50 per cent polling was reported till noon. The figure is expected to touch 75 per cent by the end of the day.

According to sources, the polling percentage in the suburbs of Chennai, Pallavaram and Tambaram, was hovering around 22 and 32 respectively, at 1 p.m.Nearly 14 per cent of votes were reportedly polled in Coimbatore district, 38 per cent in Salem, 44 per cent in Tiruchi, 11 in Vellore, 31 each in Tuticorin and Kanchipuram, 27 in Cuddalore, 38 in Madurai and 26 in Dindivanam.

The polling process was delayed in some booths due to some technical glitches in EVMs. Once the snag was rectified polling commenced.Brisk to moderate turn out was reported in rural areas in the first five hours of polling. An estimated two crore electorate are exercising their franchise to elect the local body representatives for 194 Rural Panchayats, 63 Urban Municipalities, 270 Town Panchayats and nearly 12,000 Village Panchayats spread over 30 districts in the State.

In view of minor skirmishes and sporadic violence during  the first phase of polling on 17 October, elaborate security arrangements were made for the second phase of polling. About 50,000 police personnel, including those drawn from outside the State, were deployed on security duty.  Additional police forces were deployed in all the booths identified as sensitive.

Reports received at the police headquarters in Chennai said the polling was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the State. Nearly 77 per cent of about 2.3 crore electorate cast their ballots in the first phase which was by and large peaceful.

EVMs were used in the first phase elections on Monday in 10 corporations, 60 city corporations, 259 town panchayats and 191 panchayat unions. About 4.11 contestants are in the fray, including arch rivals AIADMK and DMK. Counting of votes will be held on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Tamilnadu State Election Commission  (SEC) has ordered re-poll in seven booths coming under the  Chennai Corporation limits. The re-poll would be held between 7 am and 5 pm tomorrow, a SEC release issued last night said.


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