The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in two booths — one each in Salem and Namakkal — for May 8.

This followed a snag in the Electronic Voting Machines in the booths when polling for the Lok Sabha elections drew to a close on April 24.

A snag was reported at booth number 213 in the Salem City Municipal Corporation Elementary School on Sengal Anai Road. The presiding officer noticed the EVM displaying the message ‘factory mode’ when he pressed the ‘close’ button at 6 p.m.

The issue was reported to Collector Hanish Chhabra, who brought it to the notice of Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar.

The booth saw 77.61 per cent polling.

A total of 579 electors (268 men and 311 women) cast their votes, as against the total of 746 voters.

In Namakkal, a similar snag was reported in booth number 37 at the Panchayat Union Middle School at Kotapalayam in the Tiruchengode Assembly segment. The booth has a total of 897 voters (439 men and 458 women).

The booth witnessed 81.16 per cent polling.

Election officials said booth slips would be issued by 10 teams to all voters in that booth on Wednesday. Police teams, flying squads and video surveillance teams were deployed on Tuesday.

“Announcements will be made though loudspeakers and local television channels, urging the voters to exercise their franchise from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 8,” the Returning Officer for Namakkal, V. Dakshinamoorthy, said.


Re-poll peaceful in Salem, Namakkal May 11, 2014

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