Elections 2016: 71 per cent voting in Kerala, 81.94 in Puducherry, 69.19 in Tamil Nadu

Polling began today in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry after witnessing a high-octane campaign between AIADMK-DMK and LDF-UDF.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi/chennai/thiruvananthapuram | Updated: May 16, 2016 8:34 pm
elections2 An elderly woman (left) shows her finger with ink marks after casting vote in Coimbatore. Surya (right), a transgender shows her voter ID and finger after casting vote for the first time in Thiruvananthapuram. (Source: PTI)

Millions voted on Monday in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, bringing down the curtains on staggered five-state elections — the biggest popularity test since the Lok Sabha battle.

Some 40 million voted in Tamil Nadu, which saw multiple contests in all constituencies for the first time, and about 18 million in Kerala, where the BJP made determined efforts to make inroads in a state dominated by the Congress-led UDF and the LDF headed by the CPI-M.

The polling percentage in Kerala — which elects a 140-seat assembly — was 70.35 at 5 p.m. Election Commission officials said it could well cross the 75.12 per cent recorded in 2011 when the polling ends at 6 p.m.

Coimbatore: Women standing in queue to cast their vote during assembly elections in Coimbatore on Monday. PTI Photo (PTI5_16_2016_000060B)

Coimbatore: Women standing in queue to cast their vote during assembly elections in Coimbatore on Monday. PTI Photo

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As it happened:

#Overall polling percentage of 81.94% recorded in Puducherry Assembly election till 5pm: Election Commission

# An estimated voter turnout of 71.7% was recorded in Kerala.

# 69.19% voters turnout recorded till 5 PM in Tamil Nadu Election.

# Picking up pace rapidly, the Union Territory of Puducherry recorded 71.08 per cent voting till about 4 PM.

# A 54-year old polling officer died of a massive heart attack in a booth in Kangeyam Assembly constituency while two elderly voters in Madurai and Sivaganga collapsed and died near polling booths in Tamil Nadu, police said.

# 63.7% voters turnout recorded till 3 PM in Tamil Nadu

#Election authorities in Tamil Nadu have made a recommendation to the Election Commission to extend time to vote in rain hit regions of Tamil Nadu following representations from AIADMK, DMK and Congress.

# 57.54 % voters turnout recorded till 3 PM in Kerala

# 8 districts witnessing heavy rain. Have recommended to extend poll time, expecting ECI nod by 3pm: Rajesh Lahoni, Chief Electoral Officer of TN.

# 42.1% voter turnout recorded till 1 PM in Tamil Nadu Election, 45% voter in Kerala.

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# 30% voters turnout recorded till 11 AM in Kerala Polls.

# 25.2% voters turnout recorded till 11 AM in Tamil Nadu elections.

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# 13.5% voter turnout recorded till 9:30 am in Kerala.

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# Tamil Nadu Assembly polls: Polling percentage of 18.3% recorded till 9 am.

# Despite the hectic campaign of the Prime Minister, BJP will not be able to open account in Kerala assembly: AK Antony.

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    kumar
    May 16, 2016 at 7:26 am
    The SOUTH BLOCK STATES geared for state elections as democracy once again prevail and legimate governments are given chance for electing government for it's people.The CENTRAL GOVERNMENT is watching you.
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      Lalgulabi
      May 16, 2016 at 11:27 am
      So people who died in the Godhra train macre had water running through their viens????... Not blood????... Innocent...my foot.. Arent you ashamed to say so?
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        Lalgulabi
        May 16, 2016 at 11:23 am
        The roaches (laborers from Bengal, Bangladesh, Odisha, etc. etc.) are filthy creatures that occupy reserved coaches on all trains running from Kerala without proper ticket. They are uncivilized, unhygienic and stink. They don't take proper ticket but get into reserved coaches and make travel for genuine pengers a nightmare. Most of these also indulge in anti social activities such as smuggling and are foot soldiers of terrorist organizations. Just because you guys want to be lazy and dont want to work doesnt mean you are doing something great by bringing in these roaches into the state
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        Lalgulabi
        May 16, 2016 at 11:25 am
        The roaches (laborers from Bengal, Bangladesh, Odisha, etc. etc.) are filthy creatures that occupy reserved coaches on all trains running from Kerala without proper ticket. They are uncivilized, unhygienic and stink. They don't take proper ticket but get into reserved coaches and make travel for genuine pengers a nightmare. Most of these also indulge in anti social activities such as smuggling and are foot soldiers of terrorist organizations. Just because you guys want to be lazy and dont want to work doesnt mean you are doing something great by bringing in these roaches into the state.
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          Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
          May 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm
          And got lost on the 4rd day.
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            Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
            May 16, 2016 at 8:50 am
            And they are Sonia the bar dancer,---Antony the lungi dancer,---CHANDY the loose pants dancer,---all converts and DISSENDANTS of invaded VETICANS of looters and genocide,---oh also forgot,-you are one of those too,---you still leaving in HINDUSTAN????,---your holy land should be Jerum.
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              Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
              May 16, 2016 at 9:03 am
              JESLIN PATRICYA,---its REVRSION,---meaning REVERTING back to its original ancestroul roots,--talking about forced conversion,----better ask your INVADED VETICANS of LOOTERS and GENOCIDE,---they have more knowledge in regards to this.
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                Michellegt;Vedicgt;human
                May 16, 2016 at 10:27 am
                JESLIN PATRYCIA,---born out of a virgin and got nailed as a virgin without any intimate,---sounds more like a G_A_Y-----L_E_S_B_I_A_N religion.
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