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India Election 2019: Voters go to Phase 2



Puducherry, an administrative district on the southeast coast of India, is on its way to polls today.

Known as a union territory, Puducherry is one of seven in India. But it is only one in two – including New Delhi – that has been given a special status and can choose its own legislative assembly.

However, the entire administration is largely controlled by the federal government.

Puducherry, formerly known as Pondicherry, is a former French exclave. It was formed from the four former colonies of French India in 1962.

The region is home to the Indian Parliament and has a population of over 250,000.

In the parliamentary elections in 201

4, the territory had set more than 900 polling stations and 740,000 votes were cast.

The other six Union territories are West Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Chandigarh – capital of the northern states of Punjab and Haryana – NCT Delhi, the tropical archipelago of Lakshadweep and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands far out in the Andaman Sea.


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