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Live: 63.7% turnout in Tamil Nadu till 3 pm, EC may extend polling time

Voting for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry began at 7 am on Monday.

Anshu Lal May 16, 2016 16:25:33 IST
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Live: 63.7% turnout in Tamil Nadu till 3 pm, EC may extend polling time

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13:41 (ist)

42.1% polling till 1 pm in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 42.1 percent polling till 1 pm, Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni said. "Chennai recorded 38 percent voting till 1 pm, which is good and still there is time till evening," he said, adding, authorities expected a good turnout.

Meanwhile, officials said power supply, which had hampered voting, was restored in Royapuram and Harbour Assembly constituencies in Chennai.

"In Harbour constituency there was power cut for 10 minutes. Now it is fine, polling was not stopped," an official said.

Earlier, Lakhoni had said voting was hampered in some districts due to heavy rains and appropriate recommendations would be made on extending voting time in rain-affected areas.

Moderate to heavy rains in parts of Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchirappalli, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts had hampered polling.

In Chennai, Pulianthope area was also affected.

Lakhoni had said the rains resulted in power cuts in some areas and some problems but the polling process would continue.

"A decision on extending voting time would be taken after considering the situation between 1 PM to 2 PM and if needed, appropriate recommendations would be made to the higher EC authorities," he had said.

Lakhoni had also said there were some glitches in Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail in 17 constituencies which were addressed.

Meanwhile, two groups clashed in a polling booth at Kamudi in Ramanathapuram district and an Electronic Voting Machine was pushed off a table during the spat, police said.

Police intervened and dispersed both groups. Polling resumed after half-an-hour break.

A report from Ariyalur district said a 38-year-old woman was struck dead by lightning when she was returning home after casting her vote in Pudukodi.

PTI

09:24 (ist)

Details of the political battle in Puducherry

Voters turned up at the booths in Puducherry armed with Electoral Photo Identity cards as well as voter slips issued by the election authorities.

Important candidates in the fray are Chief Minister and AINRC founder N Rangasamy seeking re-election from Indira Nagar segment, Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister V Vaithilingam (Congress) seeking to retain Kamaraj Nagar segment, PCC leader A Namassivayam seeking to retain Villianoor and Speaker of Puducherry Assembly V Sabapathy contesting again from Ariyankuppam.

Four cabinet colleagues of Rangasamy — PR Siva, T Thiagarajan, P Rajavelu and NG Panneerselvam are seeking to retain their respective seats as AINRC nominees.

Rangasamy's other cabinet colleague, M Chandrakasu has opted out of the poll battle citing health reasons. But his daughter Chandrapriyanka is contesting as AINRC nominee in Neduncadu reserved segment in Karaikal.

Former Home Minister P Kannan, who joined AIADMK in February this year after quitting Congress, is crossing swords in Raj Bhavan segment with Congress nominee and former Education Minister K Lakshminarayanan.

Of all the constituencies, Oulgaret segment has the maximum number of 17 candidates.

AINRC, BJP and PMK are going it alone in the polls while Congress and DMK have firmed up an alliance. While Congress is contesting from 21 segments, DMK is contesting the rest.

Former Health Minister E Valsaraj and former Revenue Minister Malladi Krishna Rao (both Congress) are seeking to retain Mahe (an enclave in Kerala) and Yanam (an enclave in Andhra Pradesh) constituencies respectively.

For the first time Voters Verifiable Print Audit Trail machines are being used in three of the 30 segments — Uppalam, Orleanpet in Puducherry and Karaikal (south). There are 930 polling stations in the Union Territory. - PTI

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May 16, 2016 - 16:51 (IST)

Voter verifiable trail introduced in 17 constituencies

Chennai:  Voters in some assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu were in for a surprise on Monday as they were able to see the actual recording of their vote in another machine.

"One often doubts as to whether, after using an electronic voting machine, one's vote actually went to the party one intended to vote," Lita Srinivasan, an advocate, said.

The Anna Nagar constituency in Chennai is one of 17 assembly constituencies where the Election Commission has installed what it calls the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system.

IANS

May 16, 2016 - 16:29 (IST)

Puducherry records 71.08% turnout till 4 pm

Puducherry: Picking up pace rapidly, the Union Territory of Puducherry recorded 71.08 per cent voting till about 4 pm. At 11.30 am, it had been just 30 per cent, ElectionCommission officials said.


The UT comprises Puducherry and its enclaves Yanam in Andhra Pradesh and Mahe and Karaikal. There are 9.41 lakh voters of whom 4.94 lakh are women.


The EC officials said Puducherry registered 72.21 per cent polling, Karaikal 65.49 per cent, Mahe 64.83 per cent and Yanam 77.63 per cent.

Rains in Puducherry did not affect polling. 344 contestants, including 96 Independents, are in the fray for election on the 30 Assembly seats in the UT. 

PTI

May 16, 2016 - 16:23 (IST)

63.7% turnout till 3 p.m in TN

As per the latest numbers, the Tamil Nadu election has seen a 63.7% turnout till 3 p.m.

May 16, 2016 - 16:06 (IST)

Polling officer dies of heart attack in booth in Tamil Nadu

A 54-year old polling officer died of a massive heart attack in a booth in Kangeyam Assembly constituency while two elderly voters in Madurai and Sivaganga collapsed and died near polling booths in Tamil Nadu today, police said, as per a report by PTI.

May 16, 2016 - 16:01 (IST)

Tribal voters in Nilgiris withdraw decision to boycott polls

Nearly 600 tribal voters in Naganpalli in hilly Nilgiris district withdrew their decision to boycott the assembly elections over pending demand for house site as district officials persuaded them to take part in the democratic exercise.

The tribals, whose village comes under Mudumalai Tiger Reserve forest area, were upset that their demand for an alternative house site was not met by the successive governments and decided to boycott today's polls.

On receiving information that none of them turned up for voting till 9.30 am, officials rushed to the village and convinced the tribals to cast their votes, police said.

The population, comprising Irulas, Paniyas and Kattunaickens tribes were promised alternative land, as they were living in thatched houses, without power, safe drinking water and other basic amenities, police said. - PTI

May 16, 2016 - 15:36 (IST)

Stalin demands CBI probe into alleged cash distribution

DMK treasurer M K Stalin demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged money distribution in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies where the election have been postponed. 

Stalin alleged that a senior minister including Chief Minister Jayalalithaa were involved in the irregularities. The Hindu quoted Stalin as saying, "It must investigate money transfer in all places because only a proper investigation will bring out the truth." 

May 16, 2016 - 15:33 (IST)

ANI reports that Puducherry recorded a 67% voter turnout till 3 pm.

May 16, 2016 - 15:19 (IST)

All cards in?

For the first time, Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK has put up candidates in all 234 seats.

Although some of the candidates belong to alliance parties but they all have agreed to contest using Jaya's electoral symbol of two leaves.

May 16, 2016 - 14:55 (IST)

Poll time in Tamil Nadu could be extended

Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, said that eight districts have seen heavy rain in Tamil Nadu. "We have recommended to extend poll time. We are expecting ECI nod by 3 pm," ANI quoted him as saying.

May 16, 2016 - 13:41 (IST)

42.1% polling till 1 pm in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu recorded 42.1 percent polling till 1 pm, Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni said. "Chennai recorded 38 percent voting till 1 pm, which is good and still there is time till evening," he said, adding, authorities expected a good turnout.

Meanwhile, officials said power supply, which had hampered voting, was restored in Royapuram and Harbour Assembly constituencies in Chennai.

"In Harbour constituency there was power cut for 10 minutes. Now it is fine, polling was not stopped," an official said.

Earlier, Lakhoni had said voting was hampered in some districts due to heavy rains and appropriate recommendations would be made on extending voting time in rain-affected areas.

Moderate to heavy rains in parts of Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Dindigul, Tiruchirappalli, Cuddalore, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam districts had hampered polling.

In Chennai, Pulianthope area was also affected.

Lakhoni had said the rains resulted in power cuts in some areas and some problems but the polling process would continue.

"A decision on extending voting time would be taken after considering the situation between 1 PM to 2 PM and if needed, appropriate recommendations would be made to the higher EC authorities," he had said.

Lakhoni had also said there were some glitches in Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail in 17 constituencies which were addressed.

Meanwhile, two groups clashed in a polling booth at Kamudi in Ramanathapuram district and an Electronic Voting Machine was pushed off a table during the spat, police said.

Police intervened and dispersed both groups. Polling resumed after half-an-hour break.

A report from Ariyalur district said a 38-year-old woman was struck dead by lightning when she was returning home after casting her vote in Pudukodi.

PTI

Voting for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry began at 7 am on Monday.

Polling to 232 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu that will decide the fate of over 3700 candidates, including chief minister J Jayalalithaa and DMK chief M Karunanidhi, commenced at 7 am.

Electronic Voting Machines across 65,000-odd polling booths were opened for around 5.50 crore voters to cast their votes.

Over one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful elections.

Live 637 turnout in Tamil Nadu till 3 pm EC may extend polling time

Representational image. Reuters

Though Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats across 32 districts, polling is being held only for 232 as the Election Commission has postponed it for 23 May in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur segments following complaints of voters being bribed.

Besides Jayalalithaa (RK Nagar) and Karunanidhi (Thiruvarur), a host of leaders including DMDK founder Vijayakanth and PMK's Anbumani Ramadoss, both Chief Ministerial candidates, MK Stalin (DMK), H Raja and Tamilisai Sounderrajan of the BJP are in fray.

A total of 1,11,958 police personnel, including 21,780 para military personnel, would be involved in the election duty.

Moreover, the Tamil Nadu Labour department has set up control rooms in all 32 districts of the state to receive complaints of any violation by companies and commercial establishments in granting paid holiday to workers tomorrow to enable them cast their votes in the assembly elections.

With the aim of 100 percent voting, orders have been issued to commercial establishments to give paid holiday to their workers tomorrow under Sec 135 of the Representation of the People Act to facilitate all eligible voters to exercise their franchise, a Labour department release said.

Announcing the details of state and district-level control rooms with mobile telephone numbers, it said complaints could be lodged with Labour Commissioners on these numbers in case paid holiday was not granted on Monday.

The details were available on the department website labour.tn.gov.in, the release said.

The state is seeing a multi-cornered contest.

Live 637 turnout in Tamil Nadu till 3 pm EC may extend polling time

The ruling AIADMK is going to the polls aligning with a couple of smaller outfits fielding its candidates in 227 seats and the balance seven has been given to its allies.

The DMK has aligned with the Congress, two Muslim parties and some smaller outfits.

The third front led by the DMDK comprises the CPI-M, CPI, VCK, TMC and MDMK under its fold.

The PMK is going it alone while BJP has aligned with few smaller parties.

Though the fight is mainly between the AIADMK and the DMK, the polls might through up a surprise element as well.

Meanwhile, polling also began to elect the 30-member assembly in Puducherry at 7 am on Monday.

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.

With inputs from agencies

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