Counting starts amid tight security: All eyes on TN

As counting of votes polled in the recently concluded elections started amid tight security today, all eyes are on Tamil Nadu as the state witnessed not just the Lok Sabha elections, but also the by-poll for 22 Assembly constituencies.

Hence, the outcome of the counting will decide the fate of the AIADMK government led by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Counting started this morning and it is going on in three places in Chennai- Anna University, Loyola College and Queen Mary’s College. All these three spots have come under tight security blanket.

A total of 72.01 per cent of the 5.88 crore electorate voted
in LS polls, while 76.5 per cent voted in bypolls, which were seen as an acid test for the leadership qualities for both the AIADMK and the DMK.

The police department has turned the State into a fort by laying out detailed security arrangements. The outcome of the polls was keenly awaited as opinion polls favoured victory of the DMK-led combine in both LS and Assembly polls.

Counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections, in which over 8,000 candidates were in the fray for 542 seats, commenced at 8.00 am today and results are expected only by late evening due to tallying of voter verified paper audit trail slips with EVM count for the first time.

67.11 per cent of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the seven phase elections. This is the highest ever-voter turnout in Indian parliamentarian elections.