Voters in Tamilnadu can now verify if their votes have been cast for their preferred candidate in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM).
According to Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, “the State has 88,937 polling stations. Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will be equipped with EVMs in all polling stations for the Assembly elections.”
The main contestants in this election are the AIADMK front (AIADMK, PMK, BJP, TMC etc) and the DMK alliance (DMK, Congress, VCK, CPI, CPI-M, MDMK etc). At the same time, AMMK-DMDK alliance, MNM-AISMK-IJK and Naam Tamizhar are expected to get a decent share of votes.
During the campaign, serious charges and counter charges were made by leaders and cadres. During his election campaign in the Salem district, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami labelled the DMK as a party that promotes only the families of its leaders whereas in the AIADMK even an ordinary worker can become an MLA, Minister or even a Chief Minister.
He was mainly referring to Udhayanidhi Stalin, who was given a ticket from Chennai’s Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni constituency. But Udhayanidhi, who said that he would not become Minister if his party wins the elections, also made sure that he did not concentrate on his constituency alone and actively campaigned across the state.
Political parties in the State have ignored the directives of the Supreme Court as 13 per cent (466 candidates) of 3,559 candidates contesting in the State Assembly elections on April 6 have declared criminal cases against them, according to a study done by Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch.
Of the 3,998 candidates, ADR analysed the affidavits of 3,559 candidates, which is around 90%. Ten from the DMK, 30 from Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK), 23 from Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), and 59 from the AMMK are among the candidates whose affidavits were not analysed because they were not uploaded on the Election Commission of India’s website at the time of compiling the report, the ADR said.
Remarks made on the Chief Minister’s birth by DMK leader A Raja got him condemnations. The Election Commission barred him from campaigning for 48 hours.
In Tamil Nadu, campaigning for the 234 Assembly constituencies reached a crescendo in the last few days with various leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi criss-crossing the districts across the State.
A total of 3,998 candidates are in the fray for the Assembly polls. Amid prediction by Met department of heat wave condition in many parts of the State, additional hours have been given for voting. But, more than the heat from sun, political heat is felt higher in the State. That’s Tamil Nadu to you.