Central Tamil Nadu records highest polling, voter turnout dips across state | Chennai News - Times of India

Central Tamil Nadu records highest polling, voter turnout dips across state | Chennai News – Times of India


Palacode constituency in Dharmapuri district witnessed the highest voter turnout of 87.33% and Villivakkam segment in Chennai city the lowest, 55.52%, in the Tamil Nadu assembly election held on Tuesday.
The overall turnout in the state was 72.78%.
Kulithalai with 86.15% polling and chief minister K Palaniswami’s Edappadi constituency with 85.6% turnout emerged among those with highest polling percentage.
Looking at region-wise voting pattern, constituencies in central TN recorded the highest voter turnout of 76%, followed by those in the west with 74.7%.
Polling details put out by the office of Tamil Nadu chief electoral officer on Wednesday show that northern and southern regions recorded 71.5% and 71.1% voter turnout respectively.
Voter turnout has dropped marginally compared to the 2016 election in all the four regions. Central TN recorded 78.1%, west 76.9%, north 73.5% and south 72.9% in 2016 assembly election.
In all, there are 84 segments in the northern region, 36 segments in the central region, 54 in the western region and 60 segments in the south.
Across the state, 37 constituencies saw more than 80% polling and 31 segments saw turnout below 65%. Sholingur, Maduranthakam and Cheyyar are the only segments near Chennai with more than 80% polling.
The two ST segments recorded 81.2% polling, 44 SC segments polled 75.2% and the 188 general category segments polled 72.2%. The ST segments had recorded 84.2% and SC segments 77.7% polling in the last election.
Voter turnout, as a trend, remains low in urban centres, slightly higher in semi-urban constituencies and highest in rural constituencies.
The 50 urban segments recorded only 63.8% voter turnout on Tuesday, whereas 30 semi-urban constituencies registered 71.6% and 154 rural segments polled 76.4%.
In all the three categories, the turnout was lower than the 2016 polling, when urban centres recorded 65.8%, semi-urban segments recorded 73.8% and rural segments recorded 78.4%.
Chennai district witnessed the lowest voter turnout of 59.06% and Karur district saw the highest, 83.92%. Nine out of 10 segments that recorded the lowest turnout – ranging from 55.52% to 58.4% – in this election, are in Greater Chennai region.
Poonamallee with 73% polling and Avadi with 68% polling topped in voter turnout in Chennai region. Surge in Covid-19 cases is considered as the primary reason for the low turnout in Chennai. The voting percentage in Chennai city segments ranged from 55.4% in Harbour to 68.5% in Madhavaram in the 2016 polls.
Constituencies with more than 20% minority voters pulled down the voting percentage as they recorded only 68.5% polling, whereas those with less than 20% minority votes recorded 73.3% polling.
There are 27 segments with more than 20% minority voters. Low voter turnout in Kanyakumari district – 68.67% – is the primary reason for the fall in polling percentage in minority-dominated segments.
Most segments in Kanyakumari district have more than 40% minority voters and some have more than 50%. The segments with more than 20% minority voters polled 68.4% and those with less than 20% minority voters polled 75.5% in the last election.
As is the trend, coastal segments saw lower turnout than non-coastal segments in the present elections. Forty coastal segments polled 70.1% and 194 non-coastal segments polled 73.3% in the present election, whereas the turnout was 70.9% and 75.5% respectively in the 2016 election.


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