In a PIL, M Karthikeyan, a DMK functionary, submitted that voting was stopped in all the nine booths at the Chinnasamy Ammal School polling station in Tirupur when only 6,400 out of the total 9,672 voters had exercised their franchise after police took out a march in front of the station.

Though the overall polling percentage in Tirupur was 76.22 percent, it was only 66.17 percent in these nine booths, he contended.

"The police flag march was unwarranted and it only resulted in disrupting a peaceful poll process," he claimed and alleged it was done at the behest of ruling party men to prevent genuine voters from exercising their franchise.

Karthikeyan said when they sought to lodge a complaint with the Returning Officer on April 24 and 25 and request re-poll in the station, he was not available either in person or over phone.

The next day the Election Commission announced that there would not be any re-poll in any booth in the state, he said, adding his request for re-poll was received by the commission on April 28.

He appealed to the court to direct the Election Commission to act on his representation and order re-polls in these polling booths.


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