Local Body Election: Re-polling Starts At 7 Booths Today in Tamil Nadu

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In Tamil Nadu, the local body elections were held in a single phase on Saturday. Voting occurred in 21 corporations, 138 municipalities and 490 municipalities, including Chennai. As already announced, the re-polling will happen today in 7 polling booths in 5 wards in Tamil Nadu. 

It is said that only 60.70% of the votes were cast in the election. All the votes cast on Saturday will be counted on January 22, and the results will be announced. During the day of the election, many messes happened in polling centres, especially with Muslim Women who came to cast votes wearing Hijab. Those women with Hijab was not allowed o cast votes in a few districts. This became a controversial topic on the day of the election.

Similarly, many issues happened on Saturday and people were arrested by the police. Although there were problems, the election went smoothly in many districts. The State Election Commission has asked the district election officials to report what happened in the troubled areas.

Based on this, it has been announced that re-polling will be held on January 21 in 7 polling stations in 5 wards in Tamil Nadu, including two wards in Chennai. Re-polling will take place at 515th Ward 1174 Polling Station in Washermenpet, Chennai, and at 5059 Polling Station in Chennai Besant Nagar Odaikuppam Ward No. 179 today.

It has also been announced that re-polling will take place at polling booth No. 17 in the 17th ward of Madurai Thirumangalam municipality, polling booths 16M, 16W in the 16th ward of Ariyalur Jayangondam municipality and polling booths 57M and 57W in the 25th ward of Thiruvannamalai municipality.

The ballots will be counted in the re-poll today, and the results will be announced together on February 22. The public is advised to take the necessary steps to vote without any hindrance. It is noteworthy that polling is taking place in Odaikuppam Ward No. 179 in Chennai, where the DMK has filed a case of breaking EVM machines. All schools in Tamil Nadu will function as usual today. It has been reported that only schools in the re-polling areas have been given holidays.