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Ready: Collector G. Prakash inspecting EVMs kept in Tiruchendur.
Ready: Collector G. Prakash inspecting EVMs kept in Tiruchendur.

Staff Reporter

Total number of contestants for the bypolls goes up to 33

Tuticorin: Fourteen independent candidates filed their papers for contesting in the byelection to Tiruchendur Assembly constituency on the final day of filing nominations on Wednesday before B. Packiam Devakirubai, Revenue Divisional Officer and Principal Assistant Returning Officer in Tiruchendur. The candidates, who had filed their papers, were M.Z. Rafiq, G. Raja, P. Arumugam, P. Kandasamy, S. Jeyakumar, V.K. Veereshwaran, R. Sornasekar, S. Kannan, A. Buhari, V. Kumarasami, D. Muthukumar, S. Ganesan, M. Manmathan and M. Muthupandi.

With this the total number of candidates contesting for the bypoll had gone up to 33.

The filing of nominations began on November 25 as per the Election Commission directive. The scrutiny of nominations would be taken up on Thursday (December 3). Political parties were expected to kick start their campaign in favour of the candidates in a few days’ time.

Unlike the previous elections, the polling would commence from 8 a.m. on December 19 and go on till 5 p.m.

Briefing the media, Collector and District Election Officer G. Prakash, said that the Poll Observer, V.P. Meena, was expected to arrive from Rajasthan on Wednesday evening.

All arrangements were being made to ensure free and fair polling. The numbers for all the polling stations were allotted accordingly. Electricity connections were made available in all polling booths for ensuring the access to internet connectivity. The poll proceedings in all booths would be video graphed and recorded live to ensure that no untoward incident happened in the vicinity. A sum of Rs. 750 would be provided to the VAOs concerned to meet temporary expenses, if necessity arises.

The checking operations on all electronic voting machines would be completed on Thursday and the EVMs would be sealed to be kept safe under police custody, he added.

As for deployment of police personnel, Mr. Prakash said that five battalion police force had been requested for providing security. Replying to a query, he said no complaints on poll related activities had been reported so far.

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