New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu is poised to emerge victorious in the local body elections in nine districts for which the two-phase polls were held on October 6 and 9. Meanwhile, the opposition AIADMK appears to have suffered a setback as the counting of votes polled in the two-phase elections began on Tuesday morning. As per the emerging trends, the principal opposition party is trailing behind the ruling DMK at several places. The DMK, which got off to an impressive start, is comfortably placed and is poised for victory.

Polling was held in 39 unions on October 6 while the remaining 35 unions went to polls on October 9, in Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Ranipet, Tirupathur, Villupuram, Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi districts. Elections were held to fill 27,003 posts including 140 district panchayat ward members, 74 panchayat unions, 1,381 panchayat union ward members, 2,901 village panchayat presidents and 22,581 village panchayat ward councillors.

The DMK has been leading since morning when the counting of votes was taken up and this set the tone for celebrations at Anna Arivalayam, the headquarters of the party - here. The opposition AIADMK seemed to be a divided camp in taking on the DMK combine in the polls as its ally PMK chose to contest on its own from all the nine districts and another ally, the BJP, contested alone in Kallakurichi district. Out of the 140 district panchayat wards, the DMK is ahead of AIADMK in at least 88 seats while the opposition party was leading in two seats. In the panchayat union wards, the DMK is leading in 331 and the AIADMK in 40.

Here are the Highlights from Tamil Nadu Rural Local Body Election Results 2021:

As per local reports, DMK is leading in almost all areas. In the panchayat Union wards, DMK is leading on 75 seats, while AIADMK on 8 seats. While in District Panchayat ward, of the total 140 seats, DMK is leading on 43 seats, while AIADMK on five.

AIADMK leads in 17 panchayat union ward member seats, PMK in three, AMMK in two and independents in four

Panchayat Union ward members  -  Of the 1,381 seats, DMK leads in 144 seats, AIADMK leads in 16 seats, others - 15District Panchayat Ward member - Of the 140 seats, DMK leads in 58 seats, AIADMK leads in three seats

DMK is now leading in 99 panchayat union ward member seats while MDMK is ahead in two and Congress and VCK are leading in one seat each. Meanwhile, AIADMK is leading in 17 seats, PMK in three and AMMK in two and independents in four seats.

According to the latest update, DMK is leading in 33 district panchayat ward member seats and Congress is leading in 2. Meanwhile, AIADMK is leading in 13 panchayat union ward member seats.

AIADMK leads in seven panchayat union ward member seats and PMK in three.

DMK leads in 11 of the 140 district panchayat ward member seats and in 20 of the 1,381 panchayat union ward member seats.

DMK leading in three of the 140 district panchayat ward member seats. 

The counting process at the Katpadi centre in Vellore has been delayed after the candidates complained that the seal in a ballot box was missing. 

-The main parties contesting the elections are the ruling DMK and its principal opposition AIADMK.

- Kancheepuram witnessed a voter turnout of 80 per cent, Chengalpet saw 67 per cent, Villupuram 81.36 per cent, Kallakurichi 72 per cent, Vellore 67 per cent, Ranipet 81 per cent, Tirupathur 78 per cent, Tirunelveli 69 per cent and Tenkasi 74 per cent.

- The voting was done through ballot papers for the four different posts -- district panchayat union ward members, panchayat union ward members, village panchayat presidents and village panchayat ward members.

- The sorting of ballot papers has already commenced and will be bundled into 50. The counting is taking place in the presence of candidates, their agents, and the state election commission authorised personnel.

- 31,245 officials are involved in the counting process and 6,228 police personnel are deployed for duty in the counting centres spread in the nine districts.

- CCTV cameras are deployed at all counting centres and State Election Commissioner, V. Palanikumar told the media persons that full proof counting will be done and the results would be made available on the Commission website.

- Police are on an alert in the Southern districts of Tirunelveli and Tenkasi following the recent killings and to prevent any untoward incidents when results are declared.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan