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.
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.