CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government Wednesday issued a government order, announcing a public holiday on April 18, the day the Lok Sabha polls will be held in the state. Tamil Nadu will witness polls to 39 Lok Sabha constituencies as well as 18 assembly constituencies in the state. A recommendation to this effect has also been made to the Election Commission in the state.
According to the GO, the Election Commission has notified that the poll day for General Elections to Lok Sabha and Bye-Elections to 18 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu be declared as “public holiday” under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. "The Governor of Tamil Nadu hereby declares April 18, the date on which the polls for the General Elections and bye-elections to 18 assembly constituencies will take place in Tamil Nadu, to be a public holiday." The declaration was reportedly made under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.
Elections to 39 Parliamentary seats Tamil Nadu will be held on April 18 in a single phase polling. Tamil Nadu votes in the second phase of the seven-phase elections to a total of 543 Lok Sabha seats. Along with the Lok Sabha elections, the EC has also decided to hold bye-polls for the 18 assembly seats out of 21 seats that have been lying vacant for some months now.