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Rights activists create awareness on NOTA; distribute pamphlets to villagers

Members of the Tamil Nadu People's Rights Movement campaigning for exercising the option of NOTA at Udayapatti in Yercaud Assembly Constituency near Salem city on Wednesday.- PHOTO:E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Members of the Tamil Nadu People's Rights Movement campaigning for exercising the option of NOTA at Udayapatti in Yercaud Assembly Constituency near Salem city on Wednesday.- PHOTO:E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Insertion of master ballot sheets in electronic voting machines (EVMs) for the by-election in Yercaud Assembly Constituency began at the Government Arts College on Wednesday.

Officials on election duty said that they are preparing 325 EVMs for the election. “It includes 290 EVMs at one each per booth and 35 more (12 per cent excess) to replace faulty EVMS in case of emergency” District Electoral Officer K. Maharabushanam said.

The name of All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate P. Saroja contesting with the ‘Two Leaves’ symbol has been mentioned first in the ballot sheet, followed by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam candidate V. Maran contesting with the ‘Rising Sun’ symbol. The names of nine other independent candidates listed in the ballot sheets (3 to 11) are: S.A. Palani (Necktie), M. Palanisamy (Whistle), K. Palanivel (Bucket), K. Boobalan (Ring), E. Ponnusamy (Walking Stick), C. Manikandan (Lamppost), K. Mathiyalagan (Balloon), A. Rajakannu (Flute), A. Rajendran (Funnel), and finally ‘None Of The Above’ (NOTA) option.

Mr. Maharabushanam said that the voters have been given an option of 49 (O) in addition to the NOTA option. “Voters who do not want to cast their votes can get the 49 (O) forms from the election officials in the booths. Those who are not interested in casting their vote for any candidate can exercise the option of NOTA”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu People’s Rights Movement led by its president Poomozhi campaigned for NOTA in Yercaud Assembly Constituency on Wednesday.

“Awareness pamphlets on NOTA attracted good response from voters.

Members of the movement distributed the pamphlets at Udayapatti, Vellalagundam, Minaampalli, Karipatti, Vazhapadi, Ayothiyapattanam, Kutathupatti and Anupur on Wednesday and will campaign at Yercaud on Thursday.

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