CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu recorded an average voter turnout of a little over 71 per cent in the elections held to 38 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday.
"The average voter turnout during the general elections to the 38 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu yesterday is 71.87 per cent," Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo said.
“Dharmapuri Parliamentary constituency recorded the highest turnout of 80.49 per cent”, he added.
“South Chennai Lok Sabha segment recorded the lowest turnout at 56.41 per cent”, he said.
Regarding the by-polls to the 18 Assembly seats, Sahoo said: “the turnout stood at 75.57 per cent”.
He indicated the number may see minor change as the observers were in the process of tallying EVMs and VVPATs.
“The EVMS and VVPATs used in Thursday's polling centres will be now protected in strong rooms till the counting day”, he said.
“The state has a total of 45 counting centres. The CRPF will provide the first layer of security, followed by the state police”, he said.
Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
The counting of the votes will be done on May 23.
With inputs from PTI