As per the official report at 10.21 p.m report on Tuesday, Salem District had polled 79.22 percent. Rural areas’ polling score was higher percentage than the urban constituencies.
Veerapandi constituency polled the highest with 85.33 per cent, followed by Sankagiri with 83.71 per cent, Edappadi – 85.6 per cent, Omalur 83.33 per cent and Yercaud – 83.14.
The urban constituencies falling under the Salem Corporation polled less compared to the rural areas. Salem South polled 76 per cent, Salem North-72.06 per cent and Salem North – 71.9 per cent.
Overall the polling was brisk and incident free right from the start. 18 COVID-19 patients voted with PPE kits.
People of all ages, gender and background flocked the polling booths right from 7.00 a.m itself.
From first time voters to senior citizens the voters showed enthusiasm to come out and vote despite the pandemic’s looming scare. The initial hour polling was 11.45 per cent average in the district.
The Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy’s home constituency Edappadi had the highest turnout of 16.82per cent.
Salem South an urban constituency had a turnout of 15.44 per cent and Salem North another urban constituency in Salem corporation limits polled 13.84 per cent.. In Edappadi town polling touched 50 percent by noon.
InOmlaur, another rural constituency, the voting percentage varied from 12 to 23 percent at 9.30 a.m,
In Tharamangalam which comes under Sankagiri constituency, the polling per cent had crossed 25 per cent by 10.00 a.m. Nangavalli and Jalakandapuram witnessed brisk voting exceeding 30 percent around 11.00 a.m
At 3.00 pm report, the entire district had clocked 61.32 per cent polling and 72.66 per cent at 5.00 p.m A significant increase in polling percentage could be noted in Veerapandi constituency from afternoon onwards with 67.38 per cent at 3.00 p.m and 80.60 per cent at 5.00 p.m.
Rural constituencies clocked an average of 60 per cent at 3.00 p.m and 72 per cent at 5.00 p.m. Polling per cent dropped significantly in the urban constituencies (coming under Salem Municipal Corporation) inthe afternoon with 60.18 per cent in Salem South at 3.00 p.m, 57.32 per cent in Salem North and 57.98 per cent in Salem West.
At 5.00 p.m report Salem South polled 70.73 per cent, Salem North polled 66.21 per cent and Salem West polled 67.79 per cent.
Polling delays due to EVM snag
Polling was delayed by 40 minutes in the Government School in Pudhu Road due to snag in electronic voting machine. In Nazreth Higher Secondary School in Yercaud polling was halted for 1 hour due to EVM snag.
In a polling booth at RamalingaVallalar Higher Secondary School in Old Sooramangalam, the EVM ran into snag when the very first vote was casted. Voting was delayed by 30 minutes and commenced after the snag was fixed.
Anti- coronavirus measures
In view of corona pandemic standard operating procedures laid down by the Election Commission were enforced in all the 4280 polling booths in the district. As many as 43,61,962 hand gloves an 1,28, 400 face masks for voters, 47,080 sanitiser dispensers and 4495 thermal scaners were distributed to the booths.
Voters were given sanitsers to clean hands and poylethene gloves for casting their votes. 2, 82, 480 surgical grade (3 ply) ,face masks and 47,080 face shields were used for protection of polling officials and staff.
A total of 30, 15, 469 voters are in Salem district. This includes 15,00,246 male, 15,15, 019 female and 2040 other gender voters. A total of 207 candidates including independents contested in the 11 constituencies in the district.
• Due to coronavirus prevention polling booths with more than 1000 voters were split into two booths. As such 1003 additional booths were created.
Out of the 4280 booths 238 were declared sensitive and additional security measures were deployed in such booths. 289 booths were under the micro observers and 2145 booths came under web camera surveillance.
No ontoward incident was reported anywhere in the district. Polling was smooth and incident free.