EC strictly followed rules, state law: CEO
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 22:55
Thanjavur: The Election Commission strictly followed the EC rules in the April 13 assembly elections in Tamil Nadu and the polls were conducted in a fair manner, State Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said Wednesday.

The governing state law in Tamil Nadu was strictly implemented and followed for the smooth running of the elections in the state and the EC acted as per its rules, he told reporters here when his attention was drawn to Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's criticism against the commission.

His comments also came in the wake of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram recent remarks at a meeting in Sivaganga that the EC was stringent in Tamil Nadu while being liberal in other states. Chidambaram's views were supported by Karunanidhi who has been critical of the EC during and after the elections.

On initiating legal action against some persons who violated the model code, Praveen Kumar said nearly 70 per cent of chargesheets had already been issued against those who had violated election rules and the rest would be served chargesheets before May 12. Counting of votes is on May 13.

The CEO was here to review the steps taken at the 'vote-counting-centre' in Kundavai Nachiyar Women's College where the EVMs of the Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru and Orathanadu constituencies are kept and monitored from a control room amid tight security.

Booth-wise counting of votes would be carried out and for each and every round the total number of votes would be checked by the Election Observers and the results would be published in the EC website, he said.

Central micro observers would monitor counting of votes.

Election observers alone would be permitted to use cell phones inside the counting centres, he added.


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 22:55

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