Mumbai: Polling will be held on April 6 for 30 assembly seats in Puducherry, the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced on Friday. Five out of 30 assembly seats are reserved for scheduled caste candidates.
Voting hours have been extended by one hour in view of COVID-19. The commission said the counting of votes would take place on 2 May.
Puducherry elections to be held on 6th April, counting on 2nd May: Chief Election Commissioner
— ANI (@ANI) February 26, 2021
The Congress-led government in the Union Territory, Chief Minister V. Before completing his five-year term under Fell Narayanavami. Narayanasamy resigned on February 22 before the floor test in the 33-member house (including three candidates) following the resignation of five Congress and one Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MLAs.
In the 2016 assembly elections, Congress had won 15 seats, All India NR Congress eight seats, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) four seats, DMK with two MLAs. BJP could not win any seat. In the 2019 general elections, Congress’s Dr Narayanasamy Kesavan won a seat from the union territory.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has said that the commission will ensure free, fair, indivisible and COVID-19-safe elections. He said that out of the 30 seats going to the polls, 5 are reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC).
After the Bihar assembly elections, which took place in November 2020, the elections in Tamil Nadu as well as three other states and Puducherry will take place amidst a coronovirus pandemic.
Central Armed Police Forces would be deployed and also special observers from other states would be nominated for monitoring the expenses during the assembly elections.