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Papers of other candidates rejected

  • Names of two aspirants missing in the electoral rolls
  • Another did not produce Scheduled Tribe certificate

    TIRUCHI: With the Sorathur panchayat in the district, which remained headless even after the conduct of the local body elections since last October, all set to have a president now, there is a sigh of relief among the officials.

    During the scrutiny of nominations for the byelection to the post of panchayat president of Sorathur (reserved for ST General) held on January 29, only the papers of one Saroja were found to be in order. The nominations of the other three candidates were rejected on one ground or the other.

    As the deadline for the withdrawal of candidates ended on January 31, Saroja is the lone candidate in the fray. Hence, she will be declared elected unopposed.

    The administration officials were in a piquant situation since October last, as Sorathur was the lone village panchayat, of the total 408 in the district, to go without a president, resulting in a byelection.Official sources here said the nominations of other candidates, barring Saroja's, were rejected. While two nominations were rejected on the ground that their names did not find place in the electoral rolls of the panchayat, which was mandatory, the papers of the other candidate were rejected for not producing the ST certificate.

    Interestingly, it was on the same grounds that the three nominations received then were rejected during the run up to the October polls. The panchayat president's post of Sorathur, which was allotted to the "General" category in the last two local body elections held in 1996 and 2001, was reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST General) under the rotation system during the 2006 election, based on the 2001 census. Of the total population of 2,303 in the panchayat, the SCs account for 467, while the STs are 193 in number.

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