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EVMs sealed and kept in safe custody

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: Amidst tight security arrangements, the electronic voting machines were sealed and kept on Sunday at Aditanar College of Arts and Science, Tiruchendur, where the counting of votes for the bypoll to Tiruchendur constituency would be taken up on Wednesday.

Scrutiny of poll records was held in Tiruchendur in the presence of poll observers Veerendra Kumar Meena, Special Secretary, PWD, Punjab, V.J. Kurian, Chairman, Spice Board, Kerala, Additional Officer (Election), K. Rajaraman, Commissioner, Civil Supplies, Chennai, Returning Officer, D. Ravichandran, along with Collector and District Election Officer, G. Prakash, Superintendent of Police, T. Senthil Kumar and RDO and Principal Assistant Returning Officer, Packiam Devakirubai, Tiruchendur.

Of the total electors in Tiruchendur constituency numbering 1,40,150, the voter turnout on the polling day is 1, 0,953 corresponding to 79.17 per cent. Men numbered 51, 353 and women numbered 59, 600. Under section 49 O, 28 persons exercised the option of “no vote”.

Only 3.92 per cent of the voters in Tiruchendur produced documents other than the Electors’ Photo Identity Card for identification.

For counting, fourteen tables would be arranged. Three officials including a micro observer along with a counting supervisor and counting assistant would be present in each of the table.

Security would be strengthened with the deployment of around 250 Armed Reserved Police at the venue of the counting centre in Tiruchendur to prevent any untoward incident, Mr. Prakash told The Hindu.

Results would be announced at regular interval of one hour over the public address system.

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