Polling was more or less peaceful, except for an incident at Masinaickenpatty on the outskirts of Salem where tension prevailed after some men allegedly tried to influence voters by distributing money. Election officials were probing the issue after it was brought to their notice.
AIADMK's P Saroja and DMK's V Maran are the main candidates in the byelection, which was necessitated by the death of Saroja's husband and former MLA C. Perumal.
The Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure a smooth polling in the constituency. Local police personnel are stationed in all polling stations. In addition, Central police personnel have been stationed in all the 120 polling station locations.
Additional armed reserve force personnel are stationed in 61 locations, where there is either a sensitive polling station or there are four or more polling stations.
Counting of votes is on December 8.