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4,79,335 candidates file papers for 1,30,962 posts

  • 4,00,436 nominations received in rural areas; 78,899 in urban centres
  • State Election Commission issues guidelines for candidates, parties
  • Campaigning only between 6 am and 10 pm in urban and rural areas

    CHENNAI: The final list of candidates contesting the local bodies elections in the State will be published on September 30, the last date for withdrawal of nominations.

    According to the Tamil Nadu State Election Commission 4,79,335 candidates filed their papers for 1,30,962 posts in various Corporations, municipalities, town panchayats, panchayat unions and village panchayats when nominations closed on Wednesday.

    While 4,00,436 nominations were received in rural areas, in urban centres this was 78,899.

    In Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Salem, and Tirunelveli Corporations 5,185 candidates have filed nominations for 474 wards.

    In 102 municipalities 22,656 nominations have received for 3,392 wards. In 50 third grade municipalities 7,159 nominations have been received for 987 wards. These included party nominees too. For village panchayats, district panchayats, town panchayats, and panchayat unions thousands of candidates have filed papers.

    The State Election Commission on Thursday issued a press release assuring voters that adequate security arrangements had been made to enable them to elect their representatives without fear. While two IAS officers each had been appointed for Chennai and Madurai Corporations, one officer each had been appointed in the remaining 28 districts. The name, residential address and telephone number of the observers are available at the respective District Collectorates. Voters, political parties and candidates could get in touch with the observer any time.

    The Commission also issued a set of guidelines to be followed by candidates and the parties.

    Severe action would be taken against those violating the guidelines.

    They would be in force till October 28. Political parties and candidates could campaign only between 6 am and 10 pm both in urban and rural areas.