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Assembly Elections 2016: Know your Union Territory – Puducherry

By Lisa

The Union Territory of Puducherry will be going to poll on 16th of May this year as the tenure of the present government under the Chief Minister N Rangasamy is ending in June 2016.

Mr. Rangasamy formed a new political party after breaking up with the Indian National Congress just three months before the 2011 assembly election.


For this year's election his party is trying to strengthen its vote base in Mahe and Yanam area which are considered Congress strongholds.

The UT is famous tourist destination and other prime source of income here is fisheries. The region records a very high number of accidental deaths way above the national average and the present government thus has introduced Road Safety and Action Plan to bring down number of road accidents.

Union Territory: Puducherry

Important Dates:

Date of Issue of Gazette Notification: April 22nd

Last Date for Nominations: April 29th

Date for Scrutiny of Nominations: April 30th

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: May 2nd

Date of polling: May 16th

Tenure of present government ends on: June 2016

Results: May 19th

Number of assembly constituencies: 30

Parliamentary Constituencies: 1

Ruling Party: All India N.R. Congress

Opposition Party: INC

Governor: A. K. Singh

Chief Electoral Officer: Dr. V. Candavelou, I.A.S.

Total voters this year: 9,27,034 (4,41,168 male, 4,85,886 female, 74 other gender voters)

Polling booths: 913

First time voters: 29,612

2011 Results (Party-wise): AINRC - 15 seats INC - 7 seats AIADMK 5 seats


• Puducherry is third most densely populated region in India.

• CM has hinted at making yoga a part of the school curriculum since Puducherry is considered an important destination for educational tourism.

• The People's Welfare Front (PWF) is an alliance of CPI(M), CPI, VCK, MDMK and RSP. It has emerged as an important challenger to the AINRC.

BJP is also determined to forge an alliance and improve its performance in the UT post doing well during the Lok Sabha Election in 2014.

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