4.28 crore voters cast their votes in 232 of the total 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu. 3rd highest voters turnout since 1951
The first elections to the state's assembly were held in 1952 and won by the Indian National Congress. The 15th assembly elections were held on 16 May 2016 in a single phase for the 234 constituencies. Voter turnout was recorded at 74.26%. The results were announced on 19 May 2016.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), led by Jayalalithaa, won the elections. It was and became the first time since 1984 that a ruling party was re-elected in Tamil Nadu with a reduced majority. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), under the leadership of Karunanidhi, won 50% of the seats it contested but it allies, notably the Indian National Congress, which performed poorly, won 16% of the seats and the lost the elections.
On 23 May 2016, Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the sixth time.
Quick Facts on Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Election
|Quick facts - Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Election, 2016|
|Member of Rajya Sabha||18|
|Total No. of Electors in 2016||5,79,15,075|
|No. of Polling Stations in 2016||65616|
|Current Ruling Party||AIADMK|
|First Chief Minister||P. S. Kumaraswamy Raja, Jan 26, 1950, to Apr 9, 1952, INC|
|Present Chief Minister||O Paneerselvam from December 5, 2016 to Present.|
|First Governor||Lieutenant-General Sir Archibald Edward Nye, May 6, 1946 to Sep 7, 1948|
|Present Governor||Konijeti Rosaiah, Aug 31, 2011 to Present|
|Chief Electoral Officer||Rajesh Lakhoni|
|Address of Electoral Officer||Public (Elections) Department, Secretariat, Fort St.George,Chennai - 600 009|
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016 Dates
|S. No.||Poll Event||All 234 Acs)|
|1||Issue of Notification||22.04.2016 (FRI)|
|2||Last date for making Nominations||29.04.2016 (FRI)|
|3||Scrutiny of Nominations||30.04.2016 (SAT)|
|4||Last date for withdrawal of candidature||02.05.2016 (MON)|
|5||Date of Poll||16.05.2016 (MON)|
|6||Counting of Votes||19.05.2016 (THU)|
|7||Date before which election process shall be completed||21.05.2016 (SAT)|
|All 234 ACs will go to poll on a single day|
The legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu has the powers to legislate laws related to the state. There are 235 members in total in the state, out of which 234 are democratically elected using the system of first-past-the post. The remaining one is elected as the representative of the Anglo Indian community. The first elections to the state's assembly were held in 1952 and won by the Indian National Congress. The incumbent assembly is the fourteenth assembly headed by Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, and will end in the year 2016. The elections for the new assembly will be held in the year 2016 for which the Election Commission is yet to declare the dates. Keep visiting our website for latest and current information related to Tamil Nadu assembly elections.
Last Updated on : December 06, 2016