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The Edappadi segment witnesses the second highest voter turnout in Tamil Nadu

SALEM: The Edappadi assembly segment in Salem Lok Sabha constituency has recorded the second highest voter turnout in Tamil Nadu at an impressive 84.71%, while the statewide assembly polls are expected to be lower than 2019 figures as per the latest updates. Significantly, the eponymous birthplace of AIADMK general secretary and former chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is located in this segment.

A total of 2,41,216 votes were cast in the Edappadi assembly segment on Friday when all 39 seats in the state went to polls. This is a significant increase from the previous turnout of 2,27,229 in the 2019 general elections.

The highest polling numbers were recorded in Palacode assembly segments in Dharmapuri Lok Sabha constituency with 84.88% voters turning up to cast their votes.

In Edappadi assembly segment, highest polling numbers were recorded in Karattur, Iruppali, Savariyur, Moolakadai, Chettimankurichi and Periyasuvaragai polling stations.

Responding to queries from TNIE on the rise in voter participation, Assistant Returning Officer C Maran attributed it to the extensive election awareness campaigns held at Edappadi Arts and Science College in which over 1,500 participants participated. Edappadi deputy Tasildhar T Karnan said, “Several activities, including quizzes, drawing and essay competitions, were organized to boost the turnout, with prizes distributed to encourage everyone’s participation.”

Are the higher polls indicative of the outcome when votes are counted on June 4? S Parthasarathy, a 37-year-old IT specialist, expressed mixed feelings. Residents of the Salem suburb are generally satisfied with the incumbent government, he noted.

V Gomathi, a 52-year-old farmer, shared her motivation for casting her vote, citing the benefits she received under the PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme. “With an annual subsidy of US$6,000, it helps me obtain the basic necessities for my Urad dal farm,” she said, stressing the importance of continued state support.

An increase of more than 13,000 votes

A total of 2,41,216 votes were cast in the Edappadi assembly segment on Friday. This is a significant increase from the previous turnout of 2,27,229 in the 2019 general elections.