Brisk polling at Vikravandi Assembly by-poll in Tamil Nadu; 64.44% recorded at 3 pm

The bypoll was necessitated by the demise of DMK legislator N Pughazhendhi, who died due to illness on 6 April.

ByPTI

Published Jul 10, 2024 | 11:24 AM Updated Jul 10, 2024 | 4:54 PM

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Brisk polling was witnessed in the by-poll to Vikravandi Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, 10 July with voters queuing up in large numbers at polling stations to exercise their franchise.

As of 3 pm, 64.44 percent of voters had cast their vote, the latest figures declared by the Election Commission said.

As polling began at 7 am, people visited the polling booths to cast their vote, and as of 9 am 12.94 percent of voters had cast their vote.

The bypoll was necessitated by the demise of DMK legislator N Pughazhendhi, who died due to illness on 6 April.

It is a triangular contest in Vikravandi with ruling DMK’s candidate Anniyur Siva (alias Sivashanmugam A) pitted against Pattali Makkal Katchi’s (PMK) C Anbumani and Naam Tamilar Katchi’s (NTK) K Abinaya.

A total of 29 candidates are in the fray and the counting of votes will be taken up on 13 July.

Tight security arrangements have been made at the polling booths where 2.37 lakh voters, including 1.16 lakh men and 1.20 lakh women voters in the constituency will be casting their ballot.

The principal Opposition AIADMK and its ally Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) have boycotted the election.

Related: AIADMK to boycott Vikravandi bypoll, alleges ruling DMK will unleash violence

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