Campaign for TN, Kerala and Pudducherry polls end

SansadTV Bureau

J-Jayalalitha-Nomination-25042016-02Election campaign for the Assembly elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pudducherry came to an end on Saturday. Parties made last mile efforts to impress voters in these thee states bracing for a single phase poll on Monday.

The curtains came down on campaign at 5 PM giving the leaders a breather from the hectic and punishing schedule during which they criss-crossed the length and breadth of the state wooing the voters.

234 seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 in Kerala and 30 members Pudducherry will elect their next government on May 16. Election Commission says that it is geared up to ensure free and fair elections in all the three states.

Tamil Nadu is witnessing a multi-cornered contest with AIADMK, DMK, PWF-DMDK-TMC combine, BJP-led alliance and PMK in the fray.

Jayalalithaa is seeking a record second successive term in office in the state, where elections have dethroned the ruling party in the recent decades.

Oomen Chandy, Chief Minister, Kerala. .

Oomen Chandy, Chief Minister, Kerala.

The Election Commission has taken all steps to ensure a high voting percentage, with its Mission 100 per cent awareness campaign that saw actors, sports persons and other celebrities besides social network platform Twitter and Facebook being roped in to educate the voters to cast their democratic right.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi has said that special interventions are being carried out to facilitate senior citizens, who want to exercise their franchise.

The commission has taken a serious note of a media report in which V K Beeran, Special Officer, Regulatory Board for Protecting the Rights of Senior Citizens, government of Kerala, pointed out the difficulties experienced by old people in exercising their franchise in state and Lok Sabha polls  where they have to wait in queues for long time.

In Kerala assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is contesting in 98 seats, the Congress in 87 seats and the CPI-M in 85 seats. There are 782 independent candidates.

A total of 1,203 contestants, including 109 women, are in the fray. About 2, 61, 06,422 registered voters will exercise their franchise.

For the assembly elections in Puducherry, 344 candidates are in the fray, including 96 Independents, 21 women and one transgender.

Tamil Nadu has 234 assembly seats. In the 2011 assembly elections, AIADMK had won 150, DMDK-29, DMK-23, CPM-10, CPI-9 and others-13 seats respectively.

Results for the State assembly elections will be declared on 19th May.