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Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry Assembly Elections 2016: As it happened

By Satya Prakash | Last Updated: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 20:00
Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Millions of people on Monday voted for Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry. 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 today at 7 am. Though Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats across 32 districts, polling took place today only for 232 as the Election Commission has postponed it for May 23 in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur segments following complaints of voters being bribed. Here are the LIVE updates:

 

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20:00 PM

Voting ends in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry where millions of people voted today bringing down the curtains on staggered five-state elections -- the biggest popularity test since the Lok Sabha battle.

19:45 PM

The Election Commission further says that the overall polling percentage of 81.94% recorded in Puducherry Assembly election till 5pm.

19:45 PM

Overall polling percentage of 71% recorded in Kerala Assembly election till 6pm, likely to go up: EC

19:42 PM

Overall polling percentage of 69.19% recorded in Tamil Nadu Assembly election till 5 pm, says EC.

18:46 PM

The polling percentage in Kerala -- which elects a 140-seat Assembly -- was 70.35 at 5 pm.

17:17 PM

65% voter turnout recorded in Kerala till 4 pm.

16:00 PM

Kerala records over 50 % and Tamil Nadu 63.7 % voters turnout till 3 pm.

13:39 PM

42.1 per cent voters turnout recorded till 1 pm in Tamil Nadu. Kerala records 45  per cent voting till 1 pm.

13:05 PM

Members of Chennai's transgender community cast their vote, polling underway.

12:16 PM

"Heavy rains reported at in few parts including coastal regions of Nagapattinam and Cuddalore district. Have asked district collectors over extending poll time in rain-affected districts and then we'll inform the ECI, decision to be taken after 3 pm," says Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer Tamil Nadu.

First Published: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 20:00
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