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Vikravandi poll | Nearly 13% registered to vote as of 9am

Voting for Vikravandi by-election begins on Wednesday, July 10 with lively atmosphere

Voting for Vikravandi by-election begins on Wednesday, July 10 with a lively atmosphere | Photo Credit: Kumar SS

vote Vikravandi Assembly segment by-elections The elections in Villupuram district started showing positive signs at 7 am on July 10 with a large number of voters turning out to cast their votes.

The mock polls began at 5.30 am and lasted for one hour, with polling starting at 7 am. No adverse incident has been reported so far, although EVM glitches were reported by Mambalapattu, Ottan Kaaduvetti and Karungalipattu. The glitch delayed voting by about 30 minutes.

According to official estimates, as many as 30,667 people voted within two hours of the start of voting, accounting for 12.94% of the total electorate.

Internet broadcasting facilities were set up at all 276 booths in the conference section to monitor proceedings from the control room.

The need for by-election voting is DMK legislator N. Pugazhenthi passed away on April 6.

A total of 29 candidates competed. although The ruling DMK fielded Anniyur Siva and the PMK fielded C. Anbumani Failed to run for a seat in the 2016 elections. Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK) fielded Abinaya Ponnivalavan. Asian Agricultural Development Research Center Boycott the polls.

PMK's C. Anbumani voted for Vikravandi by-election polls earlier on Wednesday, July 10

PMK’s C. Anbumani votes for Vikravandi by-election polls early Wednesday, July 10 | Photo Credit: Kumar SS

Among the candidates, Mr Siva was the first PMK candidate to cast his vote at the polling station in Anniyur at 7.10 am while Mr Anbumani cast his vote at the polling station in Panayapuram.

Security measures have been strengthened 44 vulnerable and critical booths Besides Tamil Nadu SWAT personnel, personnel of the Central Armed Police Force have also been deployed.

In the three elections held since the constituency was established in 2011, Vikravandi’s average polling rate was around 81%.

The highest turnout in this largely agricultural constituency was in 2021, at 82.04. In the election held in 2016, the turnout was 81.24%.

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