Three states vote today
Voting takes place in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the union territory of Pondicherry all in the south of India today (13th April 2011).
In Tamil Nadu, 2,748 candidates will contest for 234 state assembly seats from a population of 62.5 million people. There are 54,314 polling stations across the state which is currently governed by the Dravinda Munetra Kazhagam (DMK).
The elections were almost cancelled by the Election Commission yesterday following large numbers of cases of bribery being reported; up to 975 cases of bribery have been registered.
In Kerala, 971 candidates will contest for 140 state assembly seats from an electorate of 22 million. There are 20,758 polling booths across the state which is currently held by the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M).
In Pondicherry, 187 candidates are contesting for 30 assembly seats with about 800,000 eligible voters. There are 867 polling stations and currently Congress are in power.