Elections for two Tamil Nadu constituencies have been countermanded. It’s a sobering moment.
In Tamil Nadu, where the elections went off peacefully, 72 per cent of the 5.82 crore voters turned out to cast votes, according to figures issued by quoting reports till 8 pm.
The communication from Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni to Karunanidhi said telecast/broadcast of all political advertisement in all electronic form should be “stopped 48 hours before the day of close of poll.”
“The reply of AIADMK has come and DMK has requested more time for response. Matter is under Commission’s consideration,” a senior electoral official said without elaborating.
Electoral officials in Tamil Nadu Saturday seized about Rs 570 crore from three containers during checking in Tirupur district, which the occupants of the vehicles claimed was for inter-bank money transfer.
Kummanam said the allegations were “absolutely false and serious in nature” and Antony’s attempt was to “violate, healthy and peaceful atmosphere that exists in Kerala so as to create ill will and friction among the voters.”
As many as 200 of these are sensitive wards, in term of the law and order situation. The commission has also enlisted 2,500 personnel for poll duty on May 15.
EC said that each case of pre-poll, poll day and post-poll violence is being closely monitored and “strict action would be taken against such perpetrators irrespective of their political affiliation.”
Keeping in mind the sensitivity of the two districts after a poll preparedness review, the poll panel has made a special intervention in this case.
The Trinamool Congress chairperson was given time till Friday morning to respond to the showcause notice after EC rejected the response from Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee.
Election Commission officials said campaigning can go on in adjoining areas of constituencies where it has already ended.
“We have asked the EC to immediately remove the chief electoral officer of West Bengal who is unabashedly allowing the TMC to flagrantly violate electoral laws and the commission’s orders,” said BJP.
“The responsibility of the post of CEO and Deputy Election Commissioner should be given to someone else,” Ganguly said.
Mamata Banerjee, reacting to the notice, said that the people of Bengal will ‘showcause’ the Election Commission on May 19 for issuing a notice against her on Bengali New Year.
All three election commissioners, CEC Nasim Zaidi along with commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat, will be in the state Thursday to review poll preparedness.