Chennai: Two days after the polling is over, fresh figures on voting percentage are out. As per final and detailed calculation, the polling percentage in Tamilnadu has been peged at 73.67 per cent, nearly one per cent higher than the initial figure 72.8.
Interestingly, it has emerged that women outnumbered men in performing their democratic duty. While 73.85 per cent women cast their votes, the percentage of their counterparts is 73.49.
According to Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar, the actual number of voters who exercised their franchise this time was higher by 80 lakh than what it was in 2009. 'You should keep in mind that the electorate has grown. A lot more people voted if you take actual numbers,' he said.
He said polling was peaceful across the State. 'Officials replaced 129 Electronic Voting Machines that malfunctioned. Voting was not suspended for any other reason but these glitches,' he said. Five villages in five different constituencies boycotted polling despite persuasion from authorities.
Reacting to criticism of political parties about the imposition of prohibitory orders (Section 144) for the first time in the State, Praveen Kumar said it immensely helped the authorities curb money distribution. In the two days before polling, he said, over Rs 70 lakh was seized.
He said the counting in all the 42 counting centres in State on 16 May will be webcast. The CEO said 14 tables would be put up for counting the votes in each constituency.
In the past, if the counting in one round was over in a particular table, it can go ahead with the second round. But this time, to go for the second round, counting in all the tables will have to be completed and a printout of the result of that particular round should be given to the agents of the political parties for signing. Due to this, the time consumed for the counting process may go up by 20 per cent and hence, the declaration of final results may be delayed slightly, it is said.