The Election Commission of India (ECI) must ensure a fair and transparent byelection in RK Nagar, scheduled for December 21, putting down all illegalities with an iron hand, the Madras high court said on Monday.
The court said the Election Commission would have to take appropriate steps to ensure a fair and transparent by-election in R K Nagar Assembly constituency in view of the earlier bypoll being cancelled over bribing of voters.
It recorded the observation of Election Commission that it had put in place unprecedented arrangements to curb electoral crimes in the R.K. Nagar Assembly constituency, slated to go for bypoll on Thursday.
It hoped that the commission would prevent with an iron hand the illegal practice of bribing voters and ensure free and fair elections.
Justice K Ravichandrababu made the observations while disposing of a petition by DMK candidate N Maruthu Ganesh in the December 21 by-election. He said the court hoped that the EC would take all effective steps to prevent illegalities of bribing voters.
The petitioner sought steps, including installation of CCTV cameras in all streets of the constituency and live streaming of the polling and counting to curb illegal activities.