A total of 3998 candidates including heavyweights like Chief Minister K Palaniswami, deputy CM O Panneerselvam, DMK President M K Stalin, AMMK founder TTV Dhinakaran and Makkal Needhi Maiam President Kamal Haasan are in the fray.
63.6% voter turnout till 5 PM in Tamil Nadu
Polling booths will remain open between 6 pm and 7 pm too, announced CEO Sahoo as only a few Covid-19 patients are going to vote.
53.35 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm in Tamil Nadu
O Panneerselvam arrives with his family members at a polling booth in Periyakulam.
Many K'town Celebrities were seen standing in queue to cast their votes. Actors 'Chiyaan' Vikram, Nassar, Sivakarthikeyan and Sathyaraj shared images on social media with their finger inked. While Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan cast their vote early in the morning, actors Ajith Kumar and Vijay too grabbed attention especially when the latter reached the poll booth driving a bicycle.
12: 40 pm
AMMK's chief TTV Dinakaran casts his vote in Adyar while DMK's Dhayanidhi Maran along with family arrived in Nandanam Higher Secondary school to cast their votes
"There are no safety measures being followed, police personnel or electoral officers were not even wearing masks. I just voted at a polling booth in Otteri and could see no seriousness over COVID-19 measures. It is pathetic to see that there was no social distancing. The officials laughed and said it's voting day for us. When I asked a cop why wasn't he wearing a mask to which he laughed and said that it's on his chin. If this doesn't frighten us then what else will? There were few people who didn't even want to cast their vote because of all of this negligence," said a resident of Otteri, not wanting to be named.
11: 00 am
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami cast his vote at a polling station in Siluvampalayam, Eddapadi. He also said, "I appeal to all to cast their vote in legislative assembly elections".
10: 45 am
"We have found people from DMK distributing money to voters. We have complained to the Election Commission. DMK would want to win by hook or by crook," Khushbu Sundar, BJP candidate from Thousand Lights Assembly constituency said after casting her vote in Mandaveli.
MDMK leader Vaiko voted in his native village Kalingapatti in Tirunelveli district
Congress leader Karti Chidambaram casts his vote at polling booth number 276 in Tiruppathur, Sivaganga district
Governor Of Telangana And Lieutenant Governor Of Puducherry, Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan Cast Her Vote At A Polling Station In Virugambakkam, Chennai
Actor Vijay casts his vote at Vels international school at Neelangarai, he grabbed attention by riding cycle to the poll booth.
Tamil Nadu's Chief Election Officer Satyabrata Sahoo has reported that Tamil Nadu has polled 13.80% till 9 am.
"Polling continues peacefully. There might be issues in EVMs but it will be solved by the respective poll officials. Also, no problems have been reported in the sensitive booths," said Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, while addressing the media after casting his vote at Nerkundram.
Naam Tamilar Katchi leader Seeman voted in Valasaravakkam.
DMDK chief Captain Vijaykanth's wife Premalatha Vikayakanth voted at a private school in Saligram.
BJP State President L Murugan casted his vote in Anna Nagar.
Chief Minister candidate and DMK chief MK Stalin along with his son and politician Udhayanidhi Stalin stood in que at Teynampet's SIET college along with the public to cast their votes. Earlier today, they hey paid a floral tribute to M Karunanidhi at his memorial.
Actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan cast his vote along with his daughters and actors Shruti Haasan and Akshara Haasan.
Kollywood actor Ajith Kumar casts his vote along with his wife and former actress Shalini.
Voters are being given sanitisers and gloves at a polling booth in Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.
The Election Commission will be conducting the polls with due covid-19 health protocols such as checking the temperature of voters.
People started lining up early in the morning eagerly to cast their votes. Actors Rajinikanth and Ajith Kumar were among the early voters in the city.
While the ruling AIADMK is seeking a third term, Stalin-led DMK is making a strong bid to come back to power after a decade of stint in opposition.
Polling also began in neighbouring Puducherry this morning.