Puducherry: Polling began in the Union Territory of Puducherry at 0700 hours on Tuesday, amid tight security.
As many as 10,03,840 electors including 5,30,828 women and 117 transgenders will exercise their franchise to decide the electoral fortune of 324 candidates in the fray.
The prominent candidates in the fray are former Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, Ex-Ministers A Namassivayam, Shajahan, Kamalakannan, Kandasamy, Panneerselvam,and Kalyanasundaram besides 35 women candidates.
The number of polling booths have been increased to 1,558 to accommodate below 1000 voters in a booth to ensure a safe polling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs were being used in all the polling stations in the UT.
As many as 6,835 polling personnel including 2,833 women and 719 central government employees are being deployed for election duty and 2,420 personnel of the state police, 901 India Reserve Battalion,1,490 Home Guards, and 40 company of CAPF have been deployed for security duty.
All Covid protocols would be maintained in the polling booths.
As many as 330 polling booths were identified as vulnerable and CAPF personnel are being deployed for duty and there is one ‘All Women’ polling booth.
The voting will come to a close at 7 PM this evening.