Election Commission in TN from 7 April
Chennai: The Election Commission would review the preparedness for the 16 May Assembly elections in Tamilnadu and neighbouring union territory of Puducherry during their three-day tour next week, a senior official said on Saturday.
The commission officials led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi would hold the review in Tamilnadu on 7 and 8 April here. 'Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, two Election Commissioners and other officials will hold meetings with political parties on 7 April and Collectors the next day,' Tamilnadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni told reporters here.
The CEC and his team would visit Puducherry on 6 April, he said adding the commission would review the arrangements being made for the conduct of the polls in the state and the Union Territory. Single phase polling is scheduled in Tamilnadu on 16 May, where a multi-cornered contest involving AIADMK, DMK-Congress, PWF-DMDK and BJP is in the offing.
To a question, Lakhoni said that the electoral authorities had seized about Rs 17.31 crore cash in the state since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect on 4 March. However, about Rs 15 crore had been returned 'and the intention is to see what cash is being carried for election purpose,' he said.
Further, in order to avoid malpractice in the money seized by the flying squad, the Election Commission has instructed the officials to upload the amount of money seized in each place through a mobile application. This would keep a quick record on the go and make the transactions transparent, it is learnt.
Tamilnadu Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni on Saturday released an awareness song sung by rapper Blazee on the need for voting. Music director Blaaze and singer Paul Jacob handed over election related songs and promised to deliver more to the CEC.
'The songs would be played as a public service advertisement in 670 theatres across Tamilnadu and provisions have been made to spread it in the social media such as Facebook and Twitter,' Lakhoni said.