PUDUCHERRY: As polling for phase two of Lok Sabha elections began on Thursday morning, Puducherry recorded 23 per cent voting till noon.
The main battle for the Parliamentary seat from the Union Territory is between the ruling Congress' candidate V Vaithilingam, a former assembly speaker and opposition AINRC nominee K Narayanasamy.
Meanwhile, actor-politician Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam has nominated former AIADMK legislator M A S Subramanian from the seat.
There are 18 contestants in the fray, including two women candidates.
Puducherry and its outlying regions of Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam together constitute the lone Lok Sabha seat and have a total strength of 9,73,410 voters.
According to the report, of the total 970 polling stations spread across the union territory, 222 have been identified as vulnerable and 25 polling stations have been identified as critical.
On Thursday morning, polling began for 95 Lok Sabha seats spread across 11 states and the Union Territory of Puducherry with Tamil Nadu witnessing contest in 38 constituencies.
Polling is being held in LS constituencies of Assam (5), Bihar (5), Chhattisgarh (3), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Karnataka (14), Maharashtra (10), Manipur (1), Odisha (5), Tamil Nadu (38), Uttar Pradesh (8), West Bengal (3), and a single parliamentary seats of Puducherry.
Voting was also underway in 35 assembly constituencies in Odisha and in 18 assembly seats in Tamil Nadu.
Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats is being held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
Counting of the votes will be done on May 23.