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Lone Pondy LS seat goes to polls Thursday

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

All arrangements are in place for polling Thursday to the lone seat in and bypoll to the Assembly segment, which saw intense campaigning by the main rivals, the ruling and the

There are 18 contestants for the poll and eight candidates for the by-election.

The main battle would be between the ruling Congress, which has put up former V Vaithilingam and the opposition AINRC's K

R Radhakrishnan of had won the seat in 2014, defeating nominee V Narayanasamy, who is the chief minister now.

Bypoll to the assembly segment is being held to fill the vacancy caused by disqualification of the opposition following conviction in a disproportionate assets case in October last year.

The nearly one-month long campaign in the union territory saw leaders of various political parties, including from neighbouring Tamil Nadu, canvass votes in support of their respective front's candidates.

Local leaders and others attached to the DMK-led (SPA) had attacked not only the BJP-led NDA, AINRC and AIADMK, but also "for putting obstacles in implementation of welfare schemes."

S told reporters here prohibitory orders under section 144 Cr P.C. had been promulgated and it would remain in force till 6 a.m. on April 19.

He said during polling only candidates and authorised agents would be permitted to visit the booths and no one else would be permitted.

Special arrangements for differently-abled and visually impaired voters have been made at the booths.

Ninety-six per cent of the 9.73 lakh voters spread across the union territory have been issued voters slips, though they were not mandatory for the electorate to exercise franchise, the said adding electoral photo identity cards were a must for voting.

The permits any of the eleven other documents including PAN card, passport, bank passbook, identity cards issued to the workers engaged under MGNREGA scheme as proof for identification of voters.

Polling starts at 7 a.m and will end at 6 p.m.

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:46 IST