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BREAKING RULES: Seats allotted in a counting center at Queen Mary's College for candidates' agents are empty as they went right up to the counting tables. Photo: K. Pichumani
BREAKING RULES: Seats allotted in a counting center at Queen Mary's College for candidates' agents are empty as they went right up to the counting tables. Photo: K. Pichumani

City Bureau

All 25 wards for which results were announced won by DMK and allies

CHENNAI: As expected, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhgagam and its allies are set for a near sweep of the Chennai Corporation Council, as it won all 25 wards for which results were announced on Friday evening.

Going by indications at 11 centres, the DMK and its allies, including the PMK and the Congress, were leading in most of the other wards. The Council has 155 wards.

After the unprecedented violence during the polling on October 13, the opposition parties moved the Madras High Court. The State Election Commission agreed to conduct re-poll in 44 wards in the city.

Twenty seven of these went for polling on Friday. Among the 25 results declared, the DMK took 19 wards, the Congress five and the PMK one ward.

With almost all the Opposition party agents boycotting the counting process, only members and agents of the DMK alliance were available at the counting centres.

In one counting centre, St. Paul's Higher Secondary School at Vepery, counting for Division 32 was stalled after the second round, when the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam candidate, walked out in protest alleging that other candidates were trying to invalidate her votes by stamping their thumb impression.

She and her supporters staged a dharna but the officials said the counting was stopped only for "dinner break" and the results would be announced later.

Poor turnout

The repolling was a dull affair and except for a few booths in north Chennai, the number of voters was very small. In two wards in the Anna Nagar area of central Chennai one having 2,124 voters and the other 1,177 voters hardly 10 per cent of the electorate turned up even four hours after the process began at 7 a.m.

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