Vikravandi bypoll in Tamil Nadu records 82.48 percent turnout

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

ByPTI

Published Jul 11, 2024 | 11:08 AM Updated Jul 11, 2024 | 11:08 AM

Voting in 2024 (iStock).

Brisk polling was witnessed in the bypoll 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 since morning.

As much as 82.48 percent of the voters cast their vote, data shared by the Election Commission said.

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

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

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

Principal opposition party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and its ally Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam (DMDK) have boycotted the bypoll.

Tight security arrangements were made at the polling booths in the constituency which has 2.37 lakh voters, including 1.16 lakh men and 1.20 lakh women voters.

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

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