Political parties deploy cadres at counting centres

With a nerve-wracking one-month long wait to know their fate in the just concluded Assembly polls, political parties in TN have deployed their cadres at various counting centres where the EVMs are kept in strong rooms.

Last Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 15:21 PM IST

Chennai: With a nerve-wracking one-month long
wait to know their fate in the just concluded Assembly polls,
political parties in Tamil Nadu have gone the extra mile,
deploying their cadres to keep a hawk-eyed vigil at various
counting centres where the EVMs are kept in strong rooms.

The cadres are stationed on a round-the-clock vigil, even
though the security personnel are maintaining a close watch at
the centres.

Tamil Nadu went to polls on April 13, along with Kerala
and Puducherry in a single phase but the counting will be
taken up only on May 13, with the Election Commission
factoring in the poll schedule of West Bengal where polls are
being held in six phases. Counting of votes in West Bengal is
slated for May 13.

With such an unprecedented situation in the political
climate of Tamil Nadu, parties are anxious to ensure
Electronic Voting Machines, which store in them the fate of
many a candidate, remained immune from any attempts of
"mischief".

This, despite the fact that police have deployed a
four-tier security which includes state police and central
paramilitary forces.

Such a vigil by party cadres is said to the first of its
kind in the state, prompted by the one-month long gap between
the dates of polling and counting, which is also unprecedented
for Tamil Nadu.

The AIADMK had already made a pitch with the EC for
allowing its cadre to be placed for EVMs security `to prevent
tampering of EVMs.`

Unmindful of the stress and tiredness caused by prolonged
hours of work for them during elections, political workers
also see such opportunities to re-affirm their loyalty to the
party they claim allegiance to.

A cross-section of AIADMK and DMK workers who have been
present in the counting centres in Chennai including Anna
University and Loyola College, felt that such occasions gave
them the chance to work for the party keeping aside other
things.

PTI