TAMIL NADU

Campaigning ends with a flourish

POLL FRENZY: Perambur was hit by a campaign whirlwind on Friday. (Top) Former Mayor M. Subramanian of the DMK with ward 37 candidate N. Durairaj and (below) DMDK founder Vijayakant seeks support for his candidate Parimala Sureshbabu. Photos: V. Ganesan

POLL FRENZY: Perambur was hit by a campaign whirlwind on Friday. (Top) Former Mayor M. Subramanian of the DMK with ward 37 candidate N. Durairaj and (below) DMDK founder Vijayakant seeks support for his candidate Parimala Sureshbabu. Photos: V. Ganesan  

Staff Reporter

67 wards of the Corporation go to the polls tomorrow

Chennai: Loudspeakers blared, party flags waved and handbills flew around in streets on Friday, as candidates engaged in hectic canvassing for votes on the last day of campaign for the Chennai Corporation Council.

Candidates, followed by a coterie of party workers, went on a door-to-door campaign and distributed pamphlets that prominently displayed their party symbol.

The principal contestants DMK and the DMDK led by the former Mayor M. Subramanian and actor-politician Vijayakant, threw their weight behind their candidates and tried to cover the maximum number of the voters in a whirlwind tour of the city.

Delighted lot

Auto-rickshaw drivers hired for the campaign rounds were a delighted lot, as they easily made Rs. 1,000 - Rs. 1200 each day. The speakers fitted on the autos blasted party songs set to popular film tunes.

The colourful posters and cutouts will be taken down on Saturday. Campaign vehicles will strictly be off roads. Chennai Corporation vehicles with the label `Election - Immediate' on their windshields will be used to transport poll officials to various parts of the city for a final check on election arrangements.

The 67 wards going to polls on Sunday have a voter population of 15.94 lakh. The State Election Commission, the Chennai City Police and the Chennai Corporation have said that all arrangements have been made to ensure public safety. See box for details on wards going to polls, election observers, assistant returning officers and their numbers to call to report any problems in the polling process.

SEC regulations

Polling will take place in 1,534 booths. A list of candidates and their symbols will be pasted outside the booths on Saturday. Voting is allowed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

To ensure that only genuine votes are polled, the State Election Commission has said that a candidate can appoint only one agent (with a `relief' agent during his or her absence).

Agents will be admitted upon producing valid photo identification. The Chennai Corporation has issued photo passes for media persons who will cover the polls.

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