QChennai: Ready for Assembly Elections, Says Rajinikanth & More

1. Ready for Assembly Elections, Says Rajinikanth

A day after ‘My Next Vote For Rajini’ trended on social media on Election Day in Tamil Nadu, actor Rajinikanth reaffirmed that he would contest the next State Assembly elections here in Chennai on Friday.

Asked if he was ready to contest in the next Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, which will be decided after the results for the 38 Lok Sabha and 22 State Assembly seats are announced on May 23, Rajinikanth reiterated, “When State Assembly elections for 234 Assembly constituencies are near…I will decide (about the launch of the party). We are ready for it whenever it comes.” Speaking about his fans expressing their support for him on social media, he said, “I understand that they are eager. I won’t disappoint my fans.”

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Hundreds Missing from Voters’ List

Several polling booth officials confirmed names being missed and blamed booth-level officers for the same.

M Ganesh was running pillar to post on Thursday, to cast his vote in the Lok Sabha elections. Officials in the Old Washermenpet booth could not locate his or his parents’ name. “I have all my documents. There is no change of address. The Election Commission promised that no voter would be missed. Yet, my entire family has been left out,” said Ganesh.

Ganesh is one among a few thousands who claim to have been denied the Constitutional right to choose their representative. Several polling booth officials confirmed names being missed and blamed booth-level officers for the same. In most cases, missed names were of voters who had changed their address.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Three-Tier Security at Centres Storing EVMs

Cordon will keep out unauthorised persons: DGP-Elections.  

A three-tier security arrangement has been extended to all centres storing electronic voting machines (EVMs) and relevant documents after the completion of polls. DGP-Elections Ashutosh Shukla told The Hindu : “The district and city police personnel were constantly vigilant about movement through the night to ensure that the polled EVMs were deposited in the counting centres.”

“All EVMs were brought and stored in 45 counting centres across the State. All centres were sealed and three-tier cordoning system has been set up at all counting premises to prevent the entry of unauthorised persons ,” said Shukla. The control units and ballot units were taken to the Returning Officers’ strong rooms with proper escort and would be guarded by police personnel. In the presence of representatives from political parties, poll officials sealed the strong rooms. The strong rooms, with only one entry point and a double-locking system, are under CCTV surveillance.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Short of Buses, Voters Stranded Across TN

Thousands of inter-city bus commuters across Tamil Nadu, specifically in Chennai and Coimbatore, were left in a lurch.

Thousands of inter-city bus commuters across Tamil Nadu, specifically in Chennai and Coimbatore, were left in a lurch as the State Transport department failed to make necessary arrangements. Visuals of commuters travelling on rooftops of buses went viral on social media. Most of the commuters said they were going home to cast their votes and also for the extended weekend.

In Chennai, several commuters were left stranded at the Koyambedu bus terminus throughout Wednesday night. The transport department, however, maintained that regular buses were plying as per schedule. The hassle, they said, was due to extra rush of passengers travelling to vote and for Chitra Pournami. Around 1 am, a group of infuriated commuters staged a road blockade on the inner ring road and police resorted to lathi-charge.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Polling Percentages Revised

Dharmapuri constituency recorded maximum polling percentage of 80.49.  

The average polling percentage in the general elections across 38 parliamentary constituencies that went to polls on April 18 stood at 71.87, Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said on Friday. The polling percentage for the 18 Assembly constituencies that went for bypolls on the same day was 75.57.

The Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency stood first with a polling percentage of 80.49, while Chennai South registered 56.41%, the lowest in the State. Among Assembly constituencies, Sholinghur recorded the highest with 82.26%, followed by Harur with 82.08% and Perambur with 64.14%, the lowest.

(Source: The Hindu)

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