In the 2021 Assembly Election in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, the Congress candidate, Palani Nadar, emerged victorious after a recounting of postal votes. This recounting process resulted in Palani Nadar securing three additional votes, further solidifying his win over the AIADMK candidate.
The election recorded a total of 2,971 postal votes, out of which 2,576 votes were considered valid during the initial counting process. Following the counting, Palani Nadar had a winning margin of 370 votes over his opponent from AIADMK, Selva Mohandas Pandian. However, Pandian moved the Madras High Court to demand a recount of the polled votes, specifically from rounds 28 to 30 in the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
Justice Jayachandran of the Madras High Court granted permission for the recounting of postal votes, instructing the Tenkasi District Collector to conduct the recount within 10 days. On the day of the recount, the postal votes were brought to the Regional Deputy Officer’s (RDO) office in Tenkasi, where candidates from various parties were present.
After a day-long counting process, Palani Nadar secured three additional votes, increasing his winning margin from 370 to 373 votes. According to the Times of India, Palani Nadar had initially won the 2021 Assembly Election by a margin of 370 votes, having secured 89,315 votes in total. In contrast, Selva Mohandas Pandian of AIADMK received 88,945 votes.
The recounting process in Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu, reaffirmed the victory of Congress candidate Palani Nadar in the 2021 Assembly Election. With an increased winning margin of 373 votes, Palani Nadar emerged as the elected MLA for the Tenkasi constituency.
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