Staff Reporter

MADURAI: Candidates fear that the October 11 byelection might not be held in a free and fair manner, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said.

Talking to reporters here on Monday, he said that they were apprehensive that some elements operating from outside (the constituency) might create problems.


R. Bhattacharya, Deputy Election Commissioner, who arrived in the afternoon, enquired with the candidates and their representatives at the Collectorate about the complaints of money distribution to voters by political parties and incidents of violence.

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