While Thirupparankundram saw around 85 per cent polling, Aravakkurichi saw a turnout of around 81 per cent.

Tamil Nadu assembly by-polls see high voter turnout state average was at 74
news Assembly Elections Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 20:29

Demonetisation issues did not deter voters in three assembly constituencies of Tamil Nadu and the lone one in Puducherry, with people coming out in large numbers to exercise their constitutional right.

According to Election Commission officials, polling came to an end at 5 p.m. in all the four constituencies.

While Thirupparankundram saw around 85 per cent polling, Aravakkurichi saw a turnout of around 81 per cent.

However, Thanjavur recorded around 69 percent polling.

In Puducherry's Nellithope constituency where Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy is contesting, the polling percentage was around 85.

The figures are provisional as the Election Commission has to collate the final figures.

Brisk and peaceful polling was witnessed in all the constituencies.

In Aravakkurichi, ruling AIADMK's V. Senthil Balaji is fighting against the DMK's K. C. Palanisamy while at Thirupparankundram the AIADMK's A. K. Bose is facing DMK's P. Saravanan.

In Thanjavur, the AIADMK's M. Rengasamy is pitted against the DMK's Anjugam Bhoopathy.

In Thirupparankundram, the by-election has been necessitated by the death of AIADMK's legislator S. S. Seenivel.

While there are other parties in the fray, the contest is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK in Tamil Nadu.

In Puducherry's Nellithope, Congress leader Narayanasamy is contesting against AIADMK nominee Om Shakthi Segar.

Counting of votes will be held on November 22.

It may be recalled that in May, the EC had recommended cancellation of the polls in the two constituencies of Aravakkurichi and Thanjavur after large-scale seizures of cash, liquor, silver and clothing, and complaints from the public and candidates from smaller parties about donations by the AIADMK. While cash totaling Rs 7.12 crore, 429.24 litres of liquor and silver worth Rs 9 lakh was seized at Aravakurichi, cash totaling Rs 75,20,850 and 2,145.12 litres of liquor was seized at Thanjavur constituency up to May 15.


(With IANS inputs)

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