72% votes polled in Vellore LS election

Voting held on Monday in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Lok Sabha constituency to decide the electoral fate of 28 candidates. The main fight was between the ruling AIADMK’s AC Shanmugam and the DMK’s DM Kathir Anand. 

There are six assembly segments and over 1,500 polling booths in Vellore. A total of 72.62 per cent of votes has been cast in the election for Vellore.

About 1,553 polling booths across the six assembly segments have been set up in various schools and government buildings. Micro-observers have been asked to take charge of the 133 sensitive polling booths in 68 identified locations.

After a dull start in the morning, voting picked up considerably in the afternoon. A large number of women including Muslim women had lined up at polling booths to exercise their franchise.

Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahu said the polling in the constituency, held amid tight security, was peaceful and 62.94% was recorded by 5 pm.

Both the AIADMK and the DMK are locking horns, with the former making a determined attempt to stop the latter’s juggernaut rolling further.

Hours after the polling began, news of Centre scrapping Article 370 and 35A in Kashmir started to trickle in.  Turnout in Muslim-dominated areas, such as Vaniyambadi and Ambur, picked up later in the day.

While the turn out was 16.32 per cent in Vaniyambadi and 31.48 per cent in Ambur till 1 pm, by 5 in the evening, it had soared to 73.22 per cent and 70.51 per cent respectively.