2019 Assembly Elections: Simultaneous Assembly polls, bypolls in Odisha and Tamil Nadu today
Phase two of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections began at 7 am today, and 95 parliamentary constituencies are voting across 11 states and 1 union territory. Coinciding with today's Lok Sabha elections are assembly elections in Odisha and assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu. Along with the parliamentary elections, the second of four phases of voting is being held simultaneously in Odisha to decide the next government in the state. Tamil Nadu, which is also voting to elect MPs from their state, is holding bypolls for 18 assembly constituencies that were lying vacant. The counting of votes for the assembly elections in Odisha, as well as the assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu will be held simultaneously with that of the Lok Sabha or parliamentary elections on May 23, and the results will be declared the same day.
Here are the highlights from the 2019 Assembly elections and Assembly Bypolls in Odisha and Tamil Nadu respectively:
The second phase of polling in five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly constituencies in Odisha recorded 64 per cent voter turnout on Thursday, said state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Surendra Kumar.
"Voting by nearly 64 per cent of total 76.93 lakh electorate was recorded by 5 p.m. This is a tentative figure and this is very likely to change after compilation of information from fields. The voters, who are in the queue, are still voting in some areas," said Kumar.
Tamil Nadu registered 63.73 per cent polling for the 38 Lok Sabha seats on Thursday. Arani Lok Sabha seat registered 76.49 per cent turnout and the voting percentage in other Parliamentary seats ranged between 55.07 (lowest in Kanyakumari) and Chidambaram 70.73 per cent.
Voter turnout till 3pm
Tamil Nadu: 52.02%
A total of 42.09 per cent electorate cast their votes till 1 pm in Tamil Nadu.
AIADMK lodges complaint against MK Stalin
The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission against DMK President MK Stalin and the party's Chennai Central candidate Dayanidhi Maran for violating the model code of conduct (MCC), according to news agency IANS.
The AIADMK refers to their comments to the media where they said they had voted for a change of government and requested the public to do the same.
The AIADMK said MK Stalin also made false and frivolous allegations against the state and the central government.
Odisha records voter turnout of 33.0 per cent till 1:00pm.
Tamil Nadu villagers boycott election to protest pollution
Around 500 voters in Nagaraja Kandigai village in the Tiruvallur Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu have boycotted the election in protest against the functioning of a polluting sponge iron factory in their locality, an official told news agency IANS.
"We have asked the company to stop all its operations at its factory... Talks are on with the villages to convince them to participate in the electoral process," Nandakumar, the Revenue Divisional Officer of Ponneri, says.
The villagers are up against the Chennai Ferrous Industries Ltd.
TTV Dhinakaran's reply on raids
After unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore, allegedly meant to bribe voters, was seized by taxmen during raids at places of a party colleague of AMMK or Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran, the leader told NDTV that his party office is on the ground floor of the building, and not where the raid took place.
"It was our candidate itself who complained to the Election Commission that people are receiving money from there," Mr Dhinakaran said.
Income Tax officials told NDTV that 94 packets of cash, with ward numbers and number of voters, were found. Markings on the packets indicate the plan was to give each voter Rs 300 as bribe.
Voter turnout till 11am
Tamil Nadu: 30.06%
Big Stakes In Tamil Nadu
By-elections on the 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu will decide the fate of the AIADMK government led by E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam. The 234-member assembly has 22 vacancies, 18 of them due to disqualification of rebel lawmakers who have joined the team of TTV Dhinakaran. The AIADMK, which has 114 seats including the Speaker, needs 5 seats to retain majority.
The second phase of polling is being held for five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly seats in Odisha.
95-year-old dies in queue in Odisha
A 95-year-old man has died while waiting in the queue to cast his vote in Kansamari booth of Sanakhemundi which falls in the Lok Sabha constituency, reports news agency IANS. The deceased has been identified as Natabar Behera of Kansamati village.
Glitches in EVMs delay polling in Odisha
Voting in some polling booths in Odisha got delayed following technical glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), reports news agency IANS.
In Sundergarh, technical glitches were reported in the EVMs in several booths in Talsara Assembly constituency while polling was delayed in six booths in Bonai Assembly constituency, say sources.
In Bolangir, voting was delayed in several booths due to glitches. Voters faced similar problems in Kandhamal, G Udayagiri and Baliguda.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: Important Facts And Stats
While Tamil Nadu has a total of 39 Lok Sabha constituencies, President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday rescinded the poll for Vellore constituency after the Income Tax (IT) department seized unaccounted cash from a cement warehouse of a DMK functionary.
The Election Commission or EC has said the cash was kept for distribution to voters and the situation was not conducive for holding free and fair elections in Vellore.
Along with the polls for Lok Sabha in Tamil Nadu, a sort of mini Assembly election is also being held with the conduct of by-elections for 22 Assembly constituencies in two phases. While voting for the by-elections is on in 18-Assembly seats today, the polling for the remaining four seats for the bypolls will be held on May 19.
A total of 269 candidates are in the fray for the assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu. The results of both -- Parliamentary, and by-elections for 22 Assembly seats, will be declared on May 23.
Polling will come to an end at 6 pm in all the polling booths except Madurai, where voting will end at 8 pm because of the Chithirai festival.
The Election Commission has identified about 8,200 booths as sensitive and vulnerable of the around 67,700 booths. Arrangements for live webcasting of the polling has been made in around 30,000 booths.
At least 1.4 lakh security personnel have been deployed across Tamil Nadu to ensure safe and secure elections.
In a first, Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT voting machines (EVMs) have been deployed in all the polling booths.
Chennai hotel offers discount for voters
Chennai's Clarion Hotel president says the hotel is offering a 50 per cent discount on the food bills of those who have voted in the Tamil Nadu polls.
"We are offering 50 per cent discount for guests who show the proof of voting. The discount is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet," a hotel official says.
Voting began across the state at 7 am, where about 5.8 crore voters will decide the fate of 822 candidates in the Lok Sabha polls and 269 in the Assemble by-polls.
Polling is being held on 38 Lok Sabha and 18 assembly seats of Tamil Nadu today, though voting in the Vellore seat has been cancelled following huge seizure of cash by Income Tax officials.
Ninety five seats spread across 11 states and one union territory are voting in the second phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections today.
Kamal Haasan, daughter Shruti vote in Chennai
"Today is the day!! Vote because it matters!" tweeted actor Shruti Haasan before casting her vote in Chennai in the second phase of the Lok Sabha election.
The father-daughter duo was seen standing in queue at 8 am outside a polling booth in Chennai.
Total voter turnout at 9:00am:
Tamil Nadu: 13.5%
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: TTV Dinakaran Casts His Vote
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) chief TTV Dinakaran cast his vote at a polling station in Besant Nagar in Chennai South parliamentary constituency, reports news agency ANI.
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: DMK Chief MK Stalin Casts His Vote In Teynampet
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: Congress Leader P Chidambaram Voted At A Station In Savaganga
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: Actor-Turned-Politician Rajinikanth Voted In Chennai Earlier Today
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: Chief Minister EK Palaniswami Voted Earlier Today
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019: Actor-Turned-Politician Kamal Haasan Casts His Vote
Update From Odisha: Voting Resumes At 2 Booths After Brief Halt Due To EVM Malfunctions
Tamil Nadu Elections 2019 LIVE: Facts And Stats
The electoral battle in Tamil Nadu broadly consists two groups of alliances. One group or alliance is led by the AIADMK. The AIADMK alliance includes the BJP, the Pattali Makkal Katchi or PMK, and the DMDK or Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam, among other smaller state parties.
The other group or alliance, which calls itself the Secular Democratic Front or SDF is led by the DMK. This alliance includes the Congress, the MDMK or Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the VCK or Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, and Left parties.
Two other regional parties which are contesting the elections in Tamil Nadu but have not aligned with any other party are TTV Dhinakaran's AMMK or Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam and actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan's MNM or Makkal Needhi Maiam.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: Facts And Stats For The By-Elections In Tamil Nadu
Nearly 60 million or 6 crore citizens will cast their vote in Tamil Nadu today today. Along with the Lok Sabha or parliamentary elections Tamil Nadu, by-elections are also being held for 18 assembly constituencies in the state. Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu will see 38 seats go to polls in a single-phase today. The assembly bypolls however, are being held in two phases - 18 assembly constituencies today and 4 assembly constituencies on May 19.
Odisha Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: Dates And Phases Of Assembly Polls
The first phase of polling in Odisha was held on April 11, the second phase of voting in Odisha is being held today. The remaining two phases are scheduled for April 23 and April 29. Counting of votes will be held on May 23, and results will be declared the same day.
Odisha Elections 2019 LIVE: Security Measures Taken
Steps have been taken for webcasting in 883 booths in Odisha, providing CCTV in 623 booths and engaging 892 micro-observers. Videography would be conducted in 331 places to ensure safe and secure process of elections.
As some areas in Kandhamal, Bolangir and Bargarh are Maoist-affected, security has been heightened to ensure smooth conduct of polls in those regions, a senior police officer told news agency Press Trust of India.
Paramilitary forces, police, flying squads, static surveillance teams, poll observers, videography teams and excise officials have also been deployed in the constituencies.
Odisha Elections 2019 LIVE: Facts And Stats
For phase two of polling in Odisha, of the total number of 9,117 booths, 3,701 have been identified as critical, and arrangements have been made for deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in 739 booths.
Odisha Elections 2019 LIVE: Facts And Stats
Around 76.93 lakh voters will vote for 279 candidates in simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections in Odisha in phase two of the 4-phased elections in the state. Out of the total electorate in phase two, 37,47,493 voters are women. At least 605 voters belong to the third gender.
Odisha Elections 2019 LIVE: Key Contestants For The Lok Sabha Polls
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Odisha Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: Key Contestants For The Assembly Polls
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Assembly Polls 2019 LIVE: Facts And Stats
The electoral fate of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) chief Naveen Patnaik will be decided today as Odisha votes to elect representatives to 35 assembly constituencies in the second phase of the elections. Polling is being held in Aska, Kandhamal, Sundergarh, Bargarh and Bolangir Lok Sabha constituencies and the assembly segments under them.
Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: When Will The Results Of The Assembly Polls And Bypolls Be Declared?
The counting of votes for the assembly elections in Odisha, as well as the assembly by-elections in Tamil Nadu will be held simultaneously with that of the Lok Sabha or parliamentary elections on May 23, and the results will be declared the same day.
Assembly Elections 2019 LIVE: How Many Phases Will Assembly or State Elections Be Held In?
While polling for the assembly elections in Odisha will be held in four phases - phase 2 being today - coinciding with the four phases of the Lok Sabha elections in the state; Tamil Nadu, where by-elections are being held for the state assembly, will vote in two phases. The first phase of bypolls in Tamil Nadu are being held today, in which 18 constituencies are voting. Phase two of the Tamil Nadu assembly bypolls will be held on May 19, coinciding with the 7th-and-last phase of voting for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The 2nd phase of assembly bypolls in Tamil Nadu will see four constituencies go to polls.
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