TN politics' focus shifts to Thanjavur, Aravakurichi, Thiruparankundram

TN politics’ focus shifts to Thanjavur, Aravakurichi, Thiruparankundram

Elections to two Tamil Nadu Assembly constituencies cancelled by the Election Commission in May following evidence of money being used to influence voters, and by-election in one constituency will now be held on November 19.

While polling was cancelled in Thanjavur and Aravakurichi after alleged large scale malpractices, Thiruparankundram is due for by-election after its MLA Seenivel died just days after he was elected, due to illness.

The gazette notification for polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur Assembly constituencies would be issued on October 26 and the last days of filing nominations is on November 2.

The date for scrutiny of nomination is on November 3 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is on November 5.

After the polling on November 19, the counting of votes is scheduled on November 22 and the date before which election shall be completed is on November 24.

The Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in districts where the constituencies are located, the ECI stated in a release.

Following several complaints of cash distribution, the commission had deferred polling in Arakurichi constituency to May 23 while polling was scheduled for May 16 in all other constituencies. Later, on May 15, the postponed polling in Thanjavur constituency, too, to May 23 for similar reasons.

Later, the commission formed two teams of officers to enquire into the alleged electoral malpractices in both constituencies. On May 20, the EC further postponed the polling in both constituencies to June 13.  On May 26, the then Governor K Rosaiah recommended to the Election Commission to conduct polling on or by June 1.

However, the Commission rejected this recommendation on May 28 and rescinded the election process in these constituencies citing the allurement of voters and the seizure of huge cash. The EC announced that fresh election would be held after reasonable lapse of time.