Mumbai: The Tamil Nadu assembly elections will be held in a single phase on 6 April and the counting of votes will take place on 2 May, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday. With this announcement, the model code of conduct comes into force.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections to be held in a single phase on 6th April; counting of votes on 2nd May: Chief Election Commissioner
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2021
Assembly elections in the southern state are important for national and regional political parties. Polls will be held for 234 seats in Tamil Nadu with the Congress-DMK and BJP-AIADMK alliance being the major groups contesting against each other.
The Bharatiya Janata Party at the Center and the AIADMK-led government in the state can realize the leadership of the DMK and the OBC is determined to base its strategy on issues such as reservations and religious disputes.
The front led by the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), which also includes the Congress, won 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu in 2019.
The voting hours have been increased by one hour. The number of polling stations has also been increased from 66,007 to 88,936.
The state assembly elections will be held following all the COVID-19 protocols issued by the Union Health Ministry.
Similar to the Bihar polls, candidates for the election will also follow the guidelines while officials inside polling booths will wear masks, face shields, and gloves and use sanitisers.