After the error was spotted, he was allowed to exercise his franchise

A 75-year-old man of Madathur in the Edappadi Assembly constituency was denied voting on Thursday as he was marked ‘dead’ on the voter list in the polling booth at the Government Girls Higher Secondary School at Konganapuram here.

P. Manickam, who owns and operates a tourist van, came to the booth around 10.15 a.m. with the voter slip given by the Election Commission. The presiding officer, while verifying the details on the rolls, found ‘death’ handwritten against his name and refused to allow him to vote. “I have voted in all the elections in the past. My son serves in the army and was honoured for bravery during the Kargil war. I want to vote,” Manickam told The Hindu.

On information, C. Mani, Assistant Returning Officer of Edappadi and Assistant Commissioner (Exercise), Salem, reached the booth and verified the records.

After it emerged that officials had wrongly marked him dead, Manickam was allowed to exercise his franchise, along with his wife and daughter-in-law.