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67.15 per cent of votes were polled in Tuticorin district

The final data released by the district administration on Monday showed that an overall 67.15 per cent of votes were polled in the local body elections, which were held in two phases on October 13 and October 15.

Speaking to media persons, Collector R. Palaniyandi said of the total 10,93,419 electorate, 7,34,281 voters exercised their franchise to select 186 panchayat union ward members, 2,077 village panchayat ward members,18 district panchayat ward members, 366 village panchayat presidents, 252 town panchayat ward members and 105 municipal councillors.

"Among the total votes polled, 3,81,353 electors constituting 51.9 per cent were women."

Section wise, polling stood at 69.53 per cent in the elections held to the town panchayats. Of the total 1,05,309 votes recorded, 54,352 votes were cast by women.

In the elections held at the panchayat unions (rural sector), 68.76 per cent of the 7,18,911 electors featured in the electoral rolls, registered their votes to the posts of ward members to the panchayat union, the district panchayat and the village panchayat, besides to the posts of village panchayat presidents.

The debut elections to the third grade municipality at Kayalpattinam witnessed 54.86 per cent polling. Of the votes polled, 61.1 per cent were from women.

He said that counting of votes would be held in 22 centres on Wednesday.

Mr. Palaniyandi said that no complaint was received pertaining to the second phase of elections held on Sunday.

"The two complaints lodged on Friday seeking re-poll in ward 2 of Tuticorin municipality, soon after the first phase was over, were rejected," he said.

Source: The Hindu

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