Chennai, Aug 5: Polling for the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency, which was earlier rescinded due to seizure of large sums of money, began at 7am on Monday morning, amid tight security. An estimated 18.85 lakh voters, including 9.58 lakh women, were expected to exercise their franchise during the day long exercise. Elections are being held to decide the fate of 28 candidates, including three women, though a majority of them being are Independents.
The Lok Sabha seat consists of six Assembly segments that included Vellore, Anaikattu, Kilvaithinankuppam, Gudiyattam, Vaniyambadi and Ambur and polling would be held in more than 1,553 booths in 690 locations, of which 133 were identified as sensitive.Apart from 3,000 police personnel, 20 companies of central forces were deployed to ensure a free and fair polling. The Election Commission had announced that EVMs and VVPATs will be used in the election in all the polling stations.
Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls were conducted smoothly with the help of these machines. In all 3,732 EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines), 1,886 control units and 1,998 VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines were being used for this elections. (UNI)