Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Assembly election Updates: 81.94% polling in P'cherry, TN 73.76%

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Chennai, May 16: The intense assembly polls of 232 constituencies of Tamil Nadu began at 7 am on Monday, May 16. 

5.79 crore voters casted their votes in 65,616 polling stations to select representatives from 234 constituencies of the state legislative assembly. A total of 3,800 candidates are in the fray.

Here are the Live Updates:


Puducherry records 81.94 per cent polling. 73.76% votes polled in TN

6.00 pm: EC officials start distributing tokens to voters arriving at the polling booth.

5.40 pm: 69.19 % polling recorded till 5 pm in Tamil Nadu.

5:26 pm: Ground reports show that BJP has done well,If BJP performs better the victim will be AIADMK'.

5:23 pm: 80.17 per cent polling recorded in Puducherry as of 5 pm.

5:21 pm: 2 voters die of heart attack.

5:08 pm: Exit polls may start at 6:30 pm.

4:55 pm: Voters turn out till 4 p.m. in Ariyalur district is 78 per cent, where as in Jayamkondan is 75 per cent.

4.50 pm: 65% polling held in Tamil Nadu till 4 pm.

4:37 pm: 71.08 per cent polling recorded till 4 p.m. in Puducherry

4:30 pm: Election Commission yet to decide to extending polling time in Tamil Nadu

4:02 pm: Till 3 pm, TN projects 63.7%, Puducherry 67% voting

3:51 pm: Polling official at a booth near Kangayam died of cardiac arrest

3:23 pm: Puducherry CM N. Rangasamy leaves in his motorcycle after casting vote

3:13 pm: 66.29 per cent voters turn out till 3 p.m in Puducherry 

3:12 pm: 42.12% voter turnout in Tamil Nadu till 1 pm. 47.19% voter turnout in Puducherry till 1 pm.

2:39 pm: A couple who got just married in Pathirakottai near Neyveli in Cuddalore cast their votes

2:27 pm: T.Nagar booth gets Braille EVM, polling list, visually impaired voter gets inked

2:09 pm: 8 districts witnessing heavy rain. Have recommended to extend poll time, expecting ECI nod by 3pm: Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer TN

2:04 pm: Puducherry reports 54.19% voting till 1 PM

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Poll percent in Chennai is 38%

1:58 pm: AIADMK workers and BJP cadres clash on Nelson Manickam road: Thanti TV

1:43 pm: Peaceful polling at Uthapuram in Madurai. Village is infamous for a caste wall that divided habitations of Caste Hindus and Dalits.

[Read: TN poll percentage over 25 per cent, rains hamper voting ]

1:39 pm: 42.1% voters turnout recorded till 1 PM in Tamil Nadu Election

1:15 pm: Puducherry records 34% voting till 12.30 pm

1.10 pm: Protest near Vaidyanathan Bridge area of Chennai over the quality of the indelible ink used at booth No. 32.

12:58 pm: Chennai: Members of Chennai's transgender community cast their vote, polling underway

12:55 pm: 

12:52 pm: AIADMK and DMK workers clash in Hosur, one person reportedly injured

Have asked distt collectors over extending poll time in rain affected distts & then we'll inform ECI, decision to be taken after 3: R Lahoni

12:43 pm: Heavy rains reported at in few parts including coastal regions of Nagapattinam & Cuddalore distt: Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer TN

12:36 pm:  32.41 per cent polling in Puducherry at 12 noon

12:30 pm: 28.05% as of 11 am in Madurai district

Light moments during polls

12:05: Over 30% voting in Puducherry

11:43 am: Rs 570 crore were seized from containers by election commission during raids in Tamil Nadu.

11:40 am: SC refuses to entertain a plea seeking SIT probe in the money seizure matter during Tamil Nadu Election, asks petitioner to approach HC.

[See Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016 photos

11:38 am: 25.2% voters turnout recorded till 11 AM in Tamil Nadu

[Read: Stalin demands CBI inquiry into distribution of money]

11:22 am: Puducherry reports voting percentage of 27.51% till 11 am.

10:45 am: Our delegation met EC today, gave facts about misuse of money power in Kerala,Tamil Nadu and Puducherry: RP Rudy, BJP

10:30 am: 

10:26 am: PMK's CM candidate Anbumani Ramadoss shares a selfie after voting

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10:24 am: Former TN Speaker Sedapatti R. Muthiah casts his vote at Avaniapuram in Madurai.

10:15 am: Volunteers assist senior citizens who arrive at a polling booth in Chennai to cast their vote.

10:07 am: Wait for two more days to know people's verdict,' says Jayalalithaa

10:06 am: Power failure in parts of Puducherry which may delay voting.

9:58 am: Stalin demands CBI inquiry into distribution of money

9:54 am: Kanimozhi, Jayalalithaa cast vote. Jaya casts vote in Stella Maris College.

Pondicherry: Polling is disturbed at some places in Karaikal region due to heavy rains and power cuts

9:50 am: Pondicherry: Union Minister V. Narayanasamy cast his vote at a booth in the Raj Bhavan constituency

14.4 percent polling till 9 am in Tiruchi district

9:49 am: P Chidambaram casts his vote at his native village in Kandanur in Karaikudi constituency

9:41 am: DMDK chief Vijayakant arrives with wife to cast his vote

13 percent polling till 9 am in Puducherry

9:22 am: Tamil Nadu assembly polls: Polling percentage of 18.3% recorded till 9 am.

9:20 am: Initially 11 EVMs were not working; now they have been set right

9:13 am: Aged nuns cast their votes, braving heavy rains in Ernakulam


9:00 am: TN Congress chief E.V.K.S. Elangovan casts his vote in Erode. Photo: M. Govarthan

8:50 am: Everyone should vote. That is a duty.

8:37 am: Stalin casts his vote

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8:27 am: Jayalalithaa to vote around 10 am

8:20 am: 

8:06 am: Kamal Hassan casts vote

Money distribution is curbed to a level, but there are incidents of cash transfer through trucks. We will win enough number of seats, our winning prospects are bright.

7:51 am: People have question in their mind if Election Commission will initiate action against them:Karunanidhi, DMK Chief

7:45 am: Drizzling in parts of Madurai: Voting for 233 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu underway.

[Read: Why Karunanidhi's campaign is the last straw of survival for DMK ]

7:21 am: 

[Read: Alagiri stays out of election, alleges DMK doesn't know how to use him ]

7:14 am: M Karunanidhi casts his vote

7:11 am: Superstar Rajinikanth casts his ballot

7:08 am: Voting begins in Tamil Nadu for 233 Assembly constituencies, visuals from Chennai's Stella Maris College

[Read: Tamil Nadu election 2016: A look at all pre-poll surveys]

7:00 am: Voting begins

6:50 am: 233 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu all set to go to polls today,voting to begin at 7am. Visuals from Mylapore

6:45 am: Chennai:Preparations ahead of assembly polls in Tamil Nadu,visuals from Stella Maris College. Voting to begin at 7am

[For more updates, visit Election Page]

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