Tamil Nadu polls: EC sets up team to look into Aravakurichi, Thanjavur malpractices

The Election Commission has set up a four-member team to look into alleged malpractices in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies

PTI May 18, 2016 16:51:43 IST
Tamil Nadu polls: EC sets up team to look into Aravakurichi, Thanjavur malpractices

Chennai: The Election Commission has set up a four-member team to look into alleged malpractices in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies, where polling has been deferred to next week, besides directing deployment of additional teams to ensure free and fair polls.

"The Commission has constituted a four-member team of officers, consisting of General Observers, Expenditure Observer, Police Observer and another officer to look into the cause of large-scale distribution of gifts and money etc," the Election Commission said in a statement.

Tamil Nadu polls EC sets up team to look into Aravakurichi Thanjavur malpractices

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The EC has also directed that additional teams be provided for every 10 polling stations in these two assembly constituencies "to keep a close watch on the situation and monitor developments to ensure free and fair elections".

Among the 234 constituencies that went to polls on 16 May, the EC deferred elections in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies due to alleged distribution of gifts and money.

As per the Commission's order, polling for the two constituencies will now be held on 23 May.

Tamil Nadu polls EC sets up team to look into Aravakurichi Thanjavur malpractices

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