The turnout in the Chennai Corporation Council elections held on Monday was 51.63 per cent, according to the revised data released on Wednesday. The turnout was earlier estimated to be around 48 per cent.

The District Election Office, in the revised data, said a total of 7.73 lakh votes were polled in the newly added areas of the Chennai Corporation. Eight of 15 zones of the Corporation made up of areas merged recently with the civic body witnessed a higher percentage of voting as compared to the existing areas of the Corporation. The eight zones and the polling percentage are: Tiruvottiyur (59.53), Manali (67.36), Madhavaram (66.42), Ambattur (55.58), Valasaravakkam (57.98), Alandur (57.80), Perungudi (55.33) and Sholinganallur (60.74).

After compilation of all data, the number of votes polled in 15 zones was put at 23.15 lakh. The percentage of votes polled by male voters was 54.20 while only 49.03 per cent of the female voters voted. As many as 12.23 lakh men voted as against 10.91 lakh women.

Former councillor S. Mangala Raj said one of the reasons for the increase in male voters could be bogus votes. “If a booth has recorded a steep increase in male votes after 2 p.m., then it indicates possible malpractice,” he said.

In four zones – Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram and Sholinganallur – women, however, outnumbered men in percentage terms.

Over 55.03 per cent of men voted in Royapuram zone while only 43.78 per cent of women voted.

Thiru.Vi.Ka.Nagar (men-53.39; women 47.02), Ambattur (men-57.16; women 53.91), Anna Nagar (men-52.14; women 45.18), Teynampet (men-50.75; women 42.32), Kodambakkam (men-49.24; women 43.61) and Alandur (men-60.71; women 54.86) were some of the zones with significant difference between the number of male and female voters.

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Aloysius Xavier LopezJune 28, 2012

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