As the political leaders ended their heated campaigns in winning the votes from the voters for the upcoming crucial assembly polls in Tamil Nadu, the ball is now on the voters' court to write the judgment of who they wish would rule the state for the next five years. Tamil Nadu will go to the single-phase assembly poll on April 6 and the votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results will be announced.
The political parties had ended their campaigns on April 4, Sunday at 7 pm as per the Election's Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The voters will be casting their votes and elect the representatives for the 234 assembly seats. As the campaigns were over on Sunday, the Election Commission has ordered the party workers and leaders who don't belong to the constituency to vacate the segment immediately. As the political leaders finished speaking, it's time for the voters to speak now and the electoral body has deployed necessary arrangements to have a smooth casting of votes.
The polling will start at 7 am on Tuesday and will end at 7 pm. The Election Commission has been campaigning and appealing to the voters to cast their votes without fail on the election day. The commission had also said that the voters can use several documents to cast their votes if they don't have a Voter ID and Voter slip.
The voters are asked to know their election polling station ahead of casting their votes. If you are an eligible voter in Tamil Nadu and you don't have the Voter ID, you can carry and produce the following documents which will help you cast your vote,
- Aadhaar Card
- PAN Card
- Driving Licence
- Pension document with your photograph
- Bank passbook or postal passbook with your photograph
- Identity card, if you are employed in MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act).
- If you are a government employee, you can produce your Identity card.
- The medical card provided by the Labour department.
- Smart Card issued by Registrar General of India (RGI) under National Population Register (NPR).
- If you are a sitting MLA or MP, you can produce your identity card.
In the absence of Voter ID, the election commission has also said that the voters can know their booth number, voter number, and they can locate their polling stations by visiting elections.tn.gov.in Apart from this, the Election Commission and the Health Department had said that voters must wear masks and observe physical distancing at the polling stations.
According to the Election Commission of India, a total of 6.26 crore people are eligible to vote in the Tamil Nadu assembly polls. Around 4,000 candidates are in the fray and the election commission has installed 88,937 polling booths across the state. About 4.50 lakh workers will be employed in the assembly polls. In an unprecedented fashion, Tamil Nadu will witness five fronts to win the reign - the state ruling ADMK alliance, opposition DMK alliance, Kamal Haasan - Sarathkumar - IJK, TTV Dhinakaran - Vijayakanth, and Seeman's Naam Tamilar Katchi. The votes will be counted on May 2, during which the results will be announced.