14 October 2006

The Polls

The first phase of local polling in Tiruvannamalai Revenue Division passed off peacefully yesterday, Friday, October 13. The second phase of polling takes place tomorrow, Sunday, October 15.

But for three minor incidents reported in the first phase, there were no major law and order problems anywhere in the State during these local elections.

One of the three incidents reported in Tiruvannamalai District and was of a clash between two groups in Melvahaipadi for which cases have been registered and there is an ensuing investigation.

In other parts of Tamil Nadu there were some incidents of booth capturing; a wonderful euphemism which translates into 'somebody stole the ballot box from the polling booth! Help!' An occurrence that happens with some frequency at local elections. However, it's good to hear that Tiruvannamalai District, apart from the above-mentioned lone incident, was almost 100% peaceful during polling.

Other parts of Tamil Nadu had road blockages occurrences for which rival political parties were responsible, but in all cases the barricades were broken up quickly by the authorities and there were no reports of related traffic problems.

The poll percentage has been roughly estimated to have exceeded 70% in Tiruvannamalai District with a respectable 64% poll percentage in the Muncipality. Which is indeed a very healthy polling rate for any country.

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