Madurai: Tamil Nadu State Chief Electoral Officer
Praveen Kumar has dismissed allegations that the Election Commission was biased.
Madurai Collector U Sahayam is functioning in a neutral
manner, he told reporers at Nagercoil last evening after
holding a meeting with District Collectors of Tirunelveli,
Kanyakumari and Tuticorin.
His comments come in the wake of Union Minister M K Alagiri criticising the Collector alleging that he had said that it was natural for people to expect a change during the elections. The Collector has refuted the allegation.
On whether all polling booths in the state were sensitive
as reportedly stated by the DGP, the CEO said "The DGP has not
said all polling booths are sensitive. He has said the polling
booths are critical."
He also said they had referred the complaint about
"smuggling" of cash in police vehicles to the court.
"We will confiscate money if they are transported illegally
without documents," he added.