Tamil Nadu rural local body polls: Results to be declared online | Chennai News

Tamil Nadu rural local body polls: Results to be declared online | Chennai News, the vie

VILLUPURAM/TIRUNELVELI: The state election commission will commence counting of votes polled in rural local bodies in nine reorganised districts from 8am at 74 counting centres on Tuesday. The commission will declare the results online on its website as and when the results are announced. The rural local body polls were held to 27,003 posts in the nine districts in two phases.
In the first phase on October 6, the commission held the polls to elect 78 district panchayat ward members, 755 panchayat union ward members, 1,577 village panchayat presidents and 12,252 village panchayat ward members. In the second phase on October 9, the commission held the polls to elect 62 district panchayat ward members, 626 panchayat union ward members, 1,324 village panchayat presidents and 10,329 village panchayat ward members. The first phase recorded 77.4% polling while the second phase registered 78.5% polling.
Close to 80,000 candidates are in the fray and 2,981 of them, including 119 village panchayat union presidents, five panchayat union ward members and two district panchayat union ward members, were declared elected unopposed.
Election to a village panchayat president post was stalled by a court and polls for a panchayat union ward member, two village panchayat presidents and 21 village panchayat ward members were not held as either none filed nominations or all the candidates, who filed nominations withdrew their nominations.
The commission will deploy 31,245 officials for counting of votes and 6,228 police personnel for security arrangements. The ballot boxes stored in the strong rooms will be sorted out in the designated sorting rooms in the presence of agents of the candidates before sending the boxes to the counting centres. The entire process will be done under CCTV surveillance.
The observers for Tirunelveli and Tenkasi districts – J Jayakanthan and P Sankar respectively chaired review meetings with the respective district collectors, returning officers, assistant returning officers and other officials on Sunday and Monday on counting arrangements. They directed the officials to ensure the availability of generators for uninterrupted power supply at the counting centres. They also insisted on 100% video surveillance in all the counting centres to ensure foolproof arrangements were in place.

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