Polling in Salem district was brisk and incident free.
People of all ages, gender and background flocked the polling booths right from 7.00 a.m. From first time voters to senior citizens the voters showed enthusiasm to come out and vote despite the pandemic scare looming scare.
The first hours polling was 11.45 per cent average in the district. The Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy’s home constituency Edappadi had the highest turn out of 16.82per cent.
Salem South an urban constituency had a turn out of 15.44 per cent and Salem North another urban constituency in Salem corporation limits polled 13. 84 per cent.
In the other rural constituency Omlaur the voting percentage varied from 12 to 23 percent.
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 exeeding 30 percent around 11.00 a.m.
In Edappadi town polling touched 50 percent by noon.
Polling was delayed by 40 minutes in the Government School in Pudhu Road due to snag in electronic voting machine.
No untoward incident were reported anywhere in the district. In view of corona pandemic standard operating procedures were enforced in all the 4280 polling booths in the district.
As many as 43,61,962 hand gloves, 47,080 sanitiser dispensers and 4495 thermal scaners were distributed to the booths. Voters were given sanitisers to clean hands and poylethene gloves as protecive measures.
2, 82, 480 surgical gloves 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 oters.