Chennai: The counting of votes for two-phased local body polls in Tamil Nadu have concluded and the DMK has secured victory with 193 panchayat seats, while the AIADMK managed 150 seats.
The security was beefed up at the 315 counting centres across the state. It must be noted that the polling for the local bodies was conducted on December 27, 30.
The comes as the elections for the rural local bodies were held in 27 districts, barring the nine newly carved ones in line with the apex court’s order.
The first phase of polls saw a voter turnout of 76.19 per cent, while the second phase witnessed 77.73 per cent voter turnout, the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC) said.
1) The counting process was disrupted for nearly 30 minutes in Othiyathur panchayat after an absence of seal on two ballot boxes, a report by Times of India stated.
2) A police constable, reportedly, succumbed to his death after suffering a heart attack in the morning. Notably, he was on duty outside a counting station in Tiruvannamalai district.
3) Jensi Rani was elected president of Chakkarappanaickanur in Usilampatti union, Times of India reported.
4) AIADMK wins in Mangalur, Thalaivasal and Ammapettai.
5) DMK has secured three wins in Nainarkoil, Sathankulam and Paramathi, a report by Indian Express said.
6) AIADMK registers victory in Karur.
7) As per a report, CCTVs were not installed at the counting centres in Pennagaram located in Dharmapuri district.
8) DMK President MK Stalin alleged that the results were not declared in Salem constituency of CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami even after the voting concluded. “DMK has won but results are not being declared,” he alleged.
9) Counting was completed at Melpuram Union in Kanyakumari district at 3:30 PM, making it the first union to declare the results in Tamil Nadu, reported The Times of India. Notably, Melpuram constituency is the only union that used EVMs in the rural local bodies elections.
10) According to reports, DMK is ahead of AIADMK in the counting of votes.
As per updates, over 2.31 lakh candidates contested the polls for 91,975 posts. The posts are Gram Panchayat Ward member posts, Gram Panchayat President posts, Panchayat Union ward member posts and District Panchayat Union Ward member posts.
On December 27, the first phase of polls was held for 156 panchayat unions to elect 260 ward members of district panchayats, 2,546 members of panchayat unions and 37,830 members of panchayats.
In the second phase, held on December 30, a total of 158 panchayat unions were covered which saw polling to elect 38,916 panchayat members, 2,544 members of panchayat unions and 255 ward members of district panchayats.