Election Day in Neighbourhood: Photos, report

Report and photos by V. Soundararani

 As the clock struck seven in the morning, many residents of the K K Nagar neighbourhood headed to PSBB School to cast their ballot as Tamil Nadu went to the polls on May 13.

The large school campus affords space for this activity and people followed the queues easily. But there were hiccups – at least three AVMs were found to be faulty here as soon as the polling began. 


It took about an hour to set them right. A few people returned home planning to come back later. But, most of the voters waited patiently till the machines started to work. 

Since most people were living in the same area, people indulged in discussions on possible winners and post poll alliances. 

As the day wore on, a Sun TV mobile telecasting van landed up near PSBB to provide live coverage of the elections in this part of the city.

Elsewhere, outside Pudur High School, Ashok Nagar, there was a big crowd of people which included cadres of political parties.

Here, a large posse of police (CRPF) strictly prevented people from entering the campus unless they produced their Voter Cards. (This was one of the centres where large scale rigging took place during the last local body elections.)

The policemen spoke in Hindi and many disgruntled voters entered into altercations now and then. 

 Brisk polling started early in the morning in many areas of Virugambakkam. At Jaigopal Garodia School, for example, voters make quiet entries and exits. Everything seemed quiet and in order.

 In Valasarawakkam, at Lamech School and Good Shepherd School, people went about voting very businesslike. There were no queues in the morning.  Police forces were deployed heavily. They drove away any vehicle parked within 100 metres radius of the polling booths or who was hanging around the place. 




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