Poor voter turnout in Coimbatore mayoral elections

Written By kom nampultig on Kamis, 18 September 2014 | 08.20

COIMBATORE: Poor voter turnout was witnessed in most of the polling booths in Coimbatore, where a mayoral election is being held on Thursday. Only 10.35% of votes were cast in the first three hours of polling.

Only 1,33,657 of the 12,90,652 voters in 100 wards in the city had cast their votes till 10am. The polling began at 7am.

Kavundamplayam Govenrment Higher Secondary School, which is one of the largest polling stations with 19 booths, saw 8.9% voter turnout till 9am. Out of the 11,577 votes, only 1,041 were cast.

"Only 60% votes were cast during the previous mayor elections. Last time, almost 15% of votes had been cast by 9am," an officer on duty told TOI.

The polling station at Ramasamy High School, which has 15 booths, saw 10% voter turnout till 9am. Officials on election duty said they expected 50% polling by the end of the day.

In most polling stations, the process began on time. However, some faced delays due to a technical glitch and party agents arriving late at the venue.

The polling was delayed by 15 minutes at Ramalingam Colony Corporation High School. The police on duty at the polling station said, "The party agents of the AIADMK and the BJP came late, so the process was delayed."

Polling at a booth on the DB Road started 10 minutes late due to a technical glitch.

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