Puducherry: In the Union Territory of Puducherry 83.62 per cent of the 8.10 lakh voters exercised their franchise on Wednesday to constitute its 30-member Assembly. Revenue Minister Malladi Krishna Rao is seeking election for the fourth successive term from Yanam, which also involves a multi-cornered contest. The turnout of women was considerably larger than their male counterparts in rural and semi urban areas. There were also several first time voters who exercised their franchise. 83.62 per cent polling reported in Puducherry In a booth in Mangalam constituency a woman attached to an anganwadi centre and who was on election duty was replaced after complaints that she allegedly canvassed in favour of a particular candidate, official sources said. Following complaints from other party functionaries, the election authorities immediately posted another person in her place, sources said. Lt Governor Iqbal Singh, Chief Minister V Vaithilingam, former Chief Minister N Rangasamy were among those who exercised their franchise on Wednesday.
Puducherry: Election authorities on Monday said arrangements for
connecting all polling booths in Puducherry through 'web casting
technology' have been made to ensure the entire polling process on April
13, except vote casting would be monitored by Returning officers and
Chief Electoral Officer. Chief Electoral Officer Belatee Pertin said
in a release on Monday this was the first time that such web casting
was being set up. Around 595 students from engineering and polytechnic
colleges and 273 computer instructors would attend to the duty Poll
data would be captured from polling stations directly through real time
poll monitoring system, specially designed software, for immediate
compilation of poll statistics.
Puducherry booths to be connected via web Puducherry and three outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam would go to one day poll on Wednesday. The CEO said 152 of a total of 867 polling booths in Puducherry have been identified as sensitive. Micro Observers had been appointed to keep a close vigil on poll proceedings inside these booths.
As many as 4,203 polling personnel have been deployed for election duty. Pertin said a mock poll with a minimum of 100 votes would be held in the presence of the agents of political parties in booths. Contesting candidates have been asked to ensure their agents are present at the booths by 6.30 AM on polling day. As many as 1035 complaints were received. Three cases of paid news were registered and notices served on candidates concerned. A total of 155 cases of violation of model code of conduct were received and forwarded to Election Commission.
Puducherry: A high-voltage campaign in this Union Territory for the
April 13 polls came to an end on Monday with the Congress-led combine
and rival AIADMK-AINRC front making last minute efforts to woo the
electorate. Over 8.10 lakh voters are expected to exercise their
franchise to elect 30 members to the territorial assembly. Congress has
fielded its candidates in 17 segments while main ally DMK is seeking
election from 10. PMK is contesting two while Viduthalai Chiruthaigal
Katchi one. On the rival side, former chief minister N Rangasamy-led
All India NR Congress is contesting 17 seats while AIADMK 10. CPI, CPM
and DMDK have fielded candidates in one seat each. During campaigning,
Congress and its allies harped on the development theme, saying
Puducherry would continue to witness developmental activities if
Congress along with its alliance partners were given a renewed mandate.
The AINRC-AIADMK combine, however, countered it saying the Union
Territory would be provided a 'fair and corruption free administration'
if the combine was voted to power. Campaigning ends in Puducherry
For the first time, voters here have been promised freebies such as mobile phones, refrigerators, mixies and computers by a number of parties. The Election Commission had kept a close watch on campaigning. Liquor bottles allegedly meant to lure voters were seized on different occasions. Nine government employees, who allegedly participated in political electioneering, were suspended. One government school teacher, who reportedly refused to do election duty, was also placed under suspension. Barring BJP, BSP and DMK, no other party has fielded women candidates.
Malladi Udhayalakshmi, wife of Revenue minister Malladi Krishna Rao, is among the Independents in the fray and she is contesting from Yanam, an enclave of the Union Territory in Andhra Pradesh, even as her husband is seeking to retain the seat.
The main contestants are Assembly Speaker R Radakrishnan, Chief Minister V Vaithilingam and all his five ministerial colleagues, Puducherry unit's DMK convener and former chief minister R V Janakiraman, and Rangasamy, who is chief ministerial candidate of the rival front.
Rangasamy, who was ousted as chief minister in August 2008 following squabbles within his ministry, broke away from the Congress to float the AINRC. He is contesting from two segments (Indira Nagar and Kadirkamam), first time a candidate is seeking election from two seats simultaneously in Puducherry. According to political observers, he is out to settle scores with Congress for removing him as chief minister in 2008, paving way for the setting of a government under Vaithilingam.
There are in all 187 contestants including 78 Independents in the fray. Yanam has the maximum number of 10 candidates while there is a straight fight in Indira Nagar between Rangasamy and his Congress rival A K D Aroumougame.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Union minister Pranab Mukherjee, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, AIADMK chief Jayalalithaaa, DMDK leader Vijayakant were among the leaders who campaigned for their respective fronts. BJP president Nitin Gadkari, senior leaders Sushma Swaraj and Venkiah Naidu campaigned for BJP which is going it alone in 20 segments.