T.N. rural local body polls on Dec. 27, 30
Elections to urban local bodies to be announced ‘later’
Rural local bodies across Tamil Nadu will go to the polls in two phases on December 27 and 30, Tamil Nadu State Election Commission (TNSEC) Commissioner R. Palaniswamy announced on Monday. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on January 2.
Citing “administrative reasons”, Mr. Palaniswamy told a press conference that the election schedule for urban local bodies would be announced “later, but definitely”.
With the announcement of the dates for rural local body elections, the Model Code of Conduct has come into force across the State. A total of 1,18,974 posts in rural local bodies across Tamil Nadu are to be filled up through this election.
The filing of nominations for the elections to rural local bodies will commence on December 6 and the last date for submitting nominations is December 13.
The nominations will be scrutinised on December 16 and the last date for withdrawing them is December 18, he said. The results will be declared on January 2, when counting of votes will take place. The newly elected representatives will officially take over on January 6. Indirect polling to pick the heads of these rural local bodies is scheduled on January 11, Mr. Palaniswamy added.
Of the total 63,790 polling booths, 31,698 will be part of the first phase of polling on December 27 and the remaining 32,092 will be part of the second phase on December 30.
The electorate for rural local body polls stands at 3,31,36,086, including 1,67,04,868 women and 2,277 transpersons. About 5,18,000 officials are to be involved in conducting the polls. Except for Melpuram in Kanniyakumari district, where voters will use EVMs, the polls will use 2.33 lakh ballot boxes. An IAS officer will be appointed as an election observer in every district.