Vaiko needs court nod to vote in Prez polls: EC

New Delhi, July 12: MDMK leader Vaiko, arrested under Pota for his pro-LTTE remarks, would have to take permission from appropriate court to be on parole to vote in the July 15 Presidential elections.

New Delhi, July 12: MDMK leader Vaiko, arrested under Pota for his pro-LTTE remarks, would have to take permission from appropriate court to be on parole to vote in the July 15 Presidential elections.

This was stated by Election Commission spokesman A N Jha when asked if the MDMK leader would be able to cast his vote in the Presidential elections.

"He (Vaiko) can vote in the elections subject to approval from competent court", Jha said.

The EC official said Vaiko has already been granted permission in June to vote in Chennai.

Earlier, Vaiko's lawyer said he would seek the Madras High Court's permission to allow the MDMK leader vote in the Presidential election.

On Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's demand for banning MDMK, Deputy Election Commissoner Sayan Chatterjee said that he had not seen the report.

"Election Commission registers political parties under Section 29(A) of Representation of People's Act (RPA). Let the event occur. It is hypothetical now", he said adding "recognition and de-recognition of political parties is the sole preserve of the Election Commission".
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