T.N. ru­ral lo­cal body polls on Dec. 27, 30

Elec­tions to ur­ban lo­cal bod­ies to be an­nounced ‘later’

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

R. Palaniswam­y

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