Tamil Nadu

AIADMK against move to open boxes of postal votes

The AIADMK on Thursday urged Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo to ensure that ballot boxes containing postal votes are not opened before the scheduled date of counting — May 2. In a petition to the poll authorities, including the Chief Election Commissioner, the AIADMK contended that it had been receiving information that officials in some districts had suggested to candidates that the boxes be opened even on May 1 if there was a consensus among the contestants.

The premature opening of the boxes was bound to attract “multiple challenges” in the form of litigation after the declaration of results. Any deviation from established procedure was “liable to cause chaos,” the party stated. A delegation of party functionaries, including Minister D. Jayakumar, N. Balaganga and R.M. Babu Murugavel, met Mr Sahoo.

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