Puducherry

Bypoll to Thattanchavady Assembly seat to be held along with Lok Sabha election

V. Candavelou, second from left, Chief Electoral Officer, releases the brochure for mobile app ‘c-Vigil’ in Puducherry on Sunday. From left, L. Kumar, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, T. Arun, Collector and B. Thillaivel, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer are in the photograph.

V. Candavelou, second from left, Chief Electoral Officer, releases the brochure for mobile app ‘c-Vigil’ in Puducherry on Sunday. From left, L. Kumar, Additional Chief Electoral Officer, T. Arun, Collector and B. Thillaivel, Deputy Chief Electoral Officer are in the photograph.   | Photo Credit: S_S_KUMAR

Model Code of Conduct in force; last date for filing of nominations is March 26

The Elections Department on Sunday announced that byelection to Thattanchavady Assembly constituency in Puducherry will be held along with the Parliamentary elections to the lone Lok Sabha seat in the Union Territory.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Electoral Officer V. Candavelou said that the last date for filing of nominations for Thattanchavady Assembly segment and the Puducherry Parliamentary constituency is March 26. Scrutiny of nominations will be held on March 27 and the last date for withdrawal is March 29.

The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) has come into effect immediately and will remain in force till the completion of the election process. The MCC will be applicable to all political parties, candidates, government, government officials and servants, he said. Hoardings and banners displaying political advertisements are being removed under Section 4 of The Pondicherry Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act, 2000.

Mr. Candavelou said that government servants have been warned not to participate in any political activity. Any complaint against erring government servants will be dealt with sternly. Besides taking disciplinary action under Service Rules against those participating in political activities, criminal action would also be initiated under Section 188 of IPC.

Officials deemed to be on deputation to the Election Commission (EC) should discharge their duties in an impartial manner without fear or favour and their performance would be under constant scrutiny of the EC.

According to the final electoral roll, the total number of electors in the Union Territory is 9,59,785 including 4,53,362 (men), 5,06,330 (women) and 93 (third gender). This includes 219 service voters and 231 NRI voters.

The total number of electors in Thattanchavady is 29,317 including 13,846 men, 15,468 women and 3 (third gender).

The CEO said that rationalisation of polling stations had been completed and as many as 970 polling stations have been notified with the approval of the EC. As many as 17 polling stations have been re-located and the nomenclature of 10 polling stations have been changed. A total of 5,000 staff and 3,718 police personnel will be involved in election duty. Service voters will be provided ballots through Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS).

Security arrangements

The Police department in coordination with the District Election Officer will be putting in place security arrangements at the polling stations. There are 144 polling stations which have been identified as vulnerable and they will be constantly monitored.

The Elections Department has sought sufficient strength of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) for the elections. The police have been directed to hold inter-State co-ordination meeting with neighbouring States.

Mr. Candavelou said that the UT is one of the expenditure-sensitive States. Flying squads, static surveillance teams, video surveillance teams will function from Sunday.

Complaint redressal

A complaint redressal mechanism-cum-call centre has been set up in Puducherry and Karaikal with the toll free number 1950. The toll free number will be a single source for availing the bundle of election services apart from registering complaints.

Public can also report MCC and election expenditure violations as messages, photos or videos viz. distribution of money, gifts, tokens, liquor/drugs, unauthorised defacement, paid news, fake news, possession of firearms, intimidation, misuse of loudspeakers, free transportation, communal hate speeches and messages through a mobile application called c-Vigil. The complaints are time and location stamped. The app can be downloaded from Playstore and the complaints would be resolved within 100 minutes.

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