71.79 per cent voter turnout reported in Tamilnadu

The voter turnout in Tamilnadu assembly polls was 71.79 percent till 7 pm, the Election Commission said.

The Tamilnadu Assembly elections ended peacefully on Tuesday and the voter turnout stood at 71.79 per cent with people sealing the fate of nearly 4,000 candidates including that of AIADMK’s K Palaniswami and DMK chief M K Stalin, the key contenders for power.
The 71-plus polling percentage is likely to go up with completion of data collation, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo told reporters. The EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail units functioned well and less than one per cent warranted replacements, he said.
Kallakurichi recorded the highest of 78 per cent and Chennai at 59.40 per cent was the lowest, he said adding other information like votes cast by men and women shall be made available later. Figures for Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat, which witnessed bypoll are expected later.