2016 Assembly polls: Heavy turn out in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry
A record poll has been registered in the Southern states of the country where the assembly election is underway. More than 70 percent of voters have cast their votes till 5 pm
The polling will continue till 6 pm.
Various news agencies across the nation are expected to publish the exit poll results after the conclusion of voting.
Counting will be held on 19 of this month for the five states.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha requested the voters in the state to step out and caste their franchise.
“reject those who challenge the values of democracy, who spoil the truth for temporary gains and vested interests,” she said taking a dig at the DMK and its leader Karunanidhi.
Many celebrities and public figures caste their institutional right before the noon, including superstar Rajnikanth.
The Election Commission on Sunday has ordered postponement of voting in Thanjavur constituency to May 23.
The commission issued the orders after seizure of cash and complaints about distribution of money to voters.
According to chief electoral officer Rajesh Lakhoni counting of votes in this constituency will be on May 25.
In Kerala, northern districts recorded a brisk turnout, with Kannur in the top and the capital Thiruvananthapuram at bottom.According to the sources, polling was peaceful in all the states despite some skirmish reported in Piravam constituency among two political parties.
Number of public figures including political leaders, actors, and social workers caste their votes in the morning. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, CPI(M) leader Pinarayi Vijayan, Muslim League state president Sayyid Haidarali, actor Pathmasri Mammotty, actor -turned politician Suresh Gopi, Congress Member of Parliament from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor exercised their constitutional right.
As per election officials, the state has 2,60,19,284 voters comprising 1,25,10,589 males, 1,35,08,693 females and two voters belonging to the third gender.
Overall, there are 21,498 regular polling booths and 148 auxiliary polling booths, of which there are 1,233 categorised as critical and including 119 booths that are in Maoist-influenced areas.
A total of 1,203 contestants, including 109 women, are in the fray.
Meanwhile, Puducherry marked a historic turnout of 50 till 2 a.m.
According to the reports, the poll was peaceful in sensitive polling booths like Kariamanickam in Nettapakkam constituency. Chief Minister N.Rangasamy said after casting his vote that he expects a popular mandate as he claims to have fulfilled all the promises he has given. He came to polling booth in Thilaspet in his motorcycle.
Meantime, Congress party in Puducherry requested the election commission to extend the voting time till 9 p.m.
Over 9.4 lakh voters are expected to exercise their democratic right of voting to elect their representatives.
A total of 344 candidates are in the fray.
The main fight is between the Congress-DMK combine and the ruling All India NR Congress (AINRC).
The AIADMK-the ruling party in Tamil Nadu- is going it alone in Puducherry.
Closure of factories, job loss and lack of infrastructure development are the main poll issues in the state against the incumbent Chief Minister N.Rangasany
In this union territory the Congress-DMK combine is hoping to defeat the ruling All-India NR Congress (AINRC) government headed by Rangasamy.
The parties in the fray include Congress, AINRC, DMK, AIADMK, BJP, CPI, CPI-M, PMK and others.