Norms being flouted in Tamil Nadu civic polls: DMK

The DMK on Monday charged the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government of not complying with the Madras High Court directive on installation of web cameras in polling booths in the ongoing civic polls.

Updated: Oct 17, 2011, 15:25 PM IST

Chennai: The DMK on Monday charged the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government of not complying with the Madras High Court directive on installation of web cameras in polling booths in the ongoing civic polls.

Former deputy chief minister MK Stalin told reporters that the court had directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to install web cameras in all polling booths.

"Web cameras are not installed in around 80-85 percent of the booths and the polling process is not videographed," he said.

Stalin said party lawyers on Monday lodged a complaint with the Chief Justice and city police commissioner on the violation.

He said the DMK would seek repoll in all the polling stations without a web camera.

Former Union minister and PMK`s mayoral candidate for Chennai, in a complaint to the Chief Justice on Monday, said the SEC has completely disregarded rules to help the ruling party cadre to indulge in corrupt practices in polling booths.

Former chief minister and DMK president M Karunanidhi alleged that the SEC was biased in favour of the AIADMK.

Around 4.63 crore people are eligible to vote in the two-phased local body polls on Monday and Wednesday.

Counting of votes takes place on Friday.

IANS