Pondicherry gets ready for second phase of polls
As many as six million voters will vote on Monday in the last phase.india Updated: May 07, 2006 14:28 IST
As many as six million voters in the union territory of Pondicherry will vote on Monday in the second and last phase to elect a new assembly.
The former French colony has a legislative assembly with 33 seats, of which elections are held to 30 and the remaining three are filled by nomination.
Pondicherry is the only state in the country where every voter has a photo-identity card.
Three constituencies, two on the Kerala coast and one on the Andhra Pradesh coast, went to the polls on Wednesday in the first phase, in which nearly 45,000 voters participated.
The 27 constituencies on the Tamil Nadu coastline, including in Karaikal, will vote on Monday in 710 polling stations across the state. Counting will take place on Thursday.
The ruling Congress holds 13 seats in the present house. It has the support of the DMK, which has 12 seats.
In the second phase, the Congress is contesting 17 seats, led by Chief Minister N Rangasamy who is contesting the Thattanchavady seat. He will face AIADMK candidate T Gunasekaran.
The DMK and the PMK are contesting 11 seats, while the Left parties have put up their candidates in two seats.
The PMC, floated by dissident Congress leader P Kannan and having an alliance with the AIADMK, is contesting in 10 seats.
The AIADMK has three seats in the present house and is contesting 20 seats with ally MDMK.
The Bahujan Samaj Party has fielded 15 candidates. The lone parliamentary seat of Pondicherry is with the PMK.