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Assembly election results 2021: Counting of votes begins in Puducherry begins amidst tight security

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Puducherry, May 02: The AINRC-led NDA was leading in 9 seats while the Congress headed alliance was ahead in three segments after first round of counting of votes polled in April 6 elections, officials said.

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According to trends available till 10.30 am, AINRC chief N Rangasamy was leading in his constituency. The NDA-led front comprises the AINRC, AIADMK and BJP. There are 30 Assembly constituencies spread over Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam regions. The chief contestants in the poll are the AINRC leader N Rangasamy heading the NDA in which the AINRC, AIADMK and BJP are the constituents. On the other side, the Congress-led Secular Democratic Alliance (SDA) comprises the Congress, DMK, VCK and CPI.

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Counting is underway in the southern state of Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Puducherry with necessary COVID-19 guidelines. Candidates and agents are allowed to enter the counting centres only if they carry the mandatory RT-PCR test report or certificate for two doses of vaccination.

Further, the Election Commission has also barred any 'victory procession' or congregation by political parties post the announcement of results.

A spokesman of the Election Department told reporters that postal ballots were taken up first for counting. This would be followed by counting of votes recorded in Electronic voting machines (EVMs) at 8.30 AM, the spokesman said.

There are three counting centres in Puducherry region -Motilal Nehru Government Polytechnic college, the Womens polytechnic college and the Government Tagore Arts and Science college (all in neighbouring Lawspet)-relating to the 23 segments in Puducherry.

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Counting of votes would take place simultaneously in Karaikal (having five constituencies) and Mahe and Yanam regions having one segment each. Chief Electoral Officer Shurbir Singh told reports that more than 17,300 postal ballots have been received in the whole of Union Territory.

The election authorities banned victory processions and also distribution of sweets in view of the necessity to curb congestion and also prevent possible spread of pandemic. Nearly 82 per cent of the 10.04 lakh voters had exercised their franchise in the Union Territory on April 6.

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As many as 324 candidates jumped into poll fray and they included party sponsored nominees and Independents. The counting of votes relating to all the 30 segments is expected to be completed by 11 PM Sunday, a release from the office of CEO said. The chief contestants in the poll are the AINRC leader N Rangasamy heading the NDA in which the AINRC, AIADMK and Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) are the constituents.

On the other side, the Congress-led Secular Democratic Alliance (SDA) comprises the Congress, DMK, VCK and CPI. Former Congress Ministers MOHF Shah Jahan, M Kandasamy and R Kamalakannan are the chief contestants on behalf of SDA. Former Chief Minister and senior Congress leader V Narayanasamy opted out of poll battle.

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