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Chennai, Oct 12 : Counting of votes polled in the two-phase elections to rural local body in nine newly carved districts of Tamil Nadu, began on Tuesday morning, amid tight security.
State Election Commission sources said the counting process, which began at 0800 hrs, is progressing smoothly in all the 74 centres spread over nine districts.
Initial trends were expected to be known around noon as ballot papers were used in the elections instead of EVMs. In the first phase of elections held on October six, 74.37 per cent polling was recorded.
In the second phase of elections held on October nine, 78.47 per cent polling was recorded. Of the total strength of 27,003 posts, 2,981 candidates were declared elected unopposed and a total of 79,433 candidates contested the two-phase elections.
In the first phase, polling was held for 78 district panchayat ward member posts, 755 panchayat union ward member posts, 1,577 village panchayat president posts and 12,252 village panchayat ward member posts.
In the second phase, polling was held to elect 62 district panchayat ward members, 626 panchayat union ward members, 10,329 village panchayat ward members and 1,324 village panchayat presidents.
In the by-elections to 424 posts of the rural local bodies in 28 other districts held on October nine, 70.51 percent polling was recorded.