Tamil Nadu CEO Denies BJP's Allegations of Missing Voter Names, Confirms No Re-polling After Peaceful Lok Sabha Elections

Tamil Nadu polls peaceful despite allegations; CEO refutes claims of missing voter names, no re-polling needed. High voter turnout highlights active citizen participation in democratic process.

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Tamil Nadu CEO Denies BJP's Allegations of Missing Voter Names, Confirms No Re-polling After Peaceful Lok Sabha Elections

Tamil Nadu CEO Denies BJP's Allegations of Missing Voter Names, Confirms No Re-polling After Peaceful Lok Sabha Elections

Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo has refuted allegations made by BJP chief K Annamalai regarding missing voter names in the state's Lok Sabha elections held on April 18, 2024. Sahoo confirmed that no re-polling will be conducted in any of the 68,321 polling centers across Tamil Nadu, as the elections were largely peaceful and smooth.

Annamalai had earlier claimed that around 1 lakh names were missing from the voter's list in Coimbatore and demanded re-polling in the affected booths. However, Sahoo denied making any such recommendations to the Election Commission of India, stating that the elections were conducted without major incidents.

According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), Tamil Nadu recorded an overall voter turnout of 69.72% in the single phase of Lok Sabha elections. The highest turnout of 81.20% was recorded in the Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency, while the lowest of 53.96% was in the Central Chennai seat. Other constituencies with high turnouts included Kallakurichi (79.21%) and Karur (78.70%), while those with low turnouts were Chennai South (54.17%) and Chennai North (60.11%).

Sahoo assured that all voting machines are kept safe in strong rooms, with 24-hour security provided by gun-toting policemen, including paramilitary personnel. He also confirmed that the counting of votes will begin at 8 am on June 4, and the results will be announced immediately.

Why this matters: The peaceful conduct of the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, despite allegations of missing voter names, demonstrates the robustness of the electoral process in the state. The high voter turnout in several constituencies also highlights the active participation of citizens in the democratic process.

Many first-time and differently-abled voters enthusiastically participated in the elections across the state's 39 constituencies. Sahoo emphasized that the elections were conducted smoothly, with a total of 68,321 polling booths set up for 6,23,33,925 voters in Tamil Nadu. "The elections were conducted largely in peace across the state, with all voting machines kept safe in the strong rooms and 24-hour security provided by gun-toting policemen, including paramilitary personnel," Sahoo stated, reaffirming the integrity of the electoral process.

Key Takeaways

  • Tamil Nadu CEO refutes BJP's claims of missing voter names, no re-polling needed.
  • Tamil Nadu recorded 69.72% voter turnout in Lok Sabha elections, with high turnout in some constituencies.
  • Voting machines kept secure in strong rooms with 24-hour police and paramilitary security.
  • Counting of votes to begin on June 4, results to be announced immediately.
  • Peaceful conduct of elections demonstrates robustness of electoral process in Tamil Nadu.