Chennai, July 4 : Elections to the Vellore Lok Sabha seat, which was rescinded earlier following seizure of large sums of money, would be held on August five, the Election Commission announced on Thursday.It said the model code of conduct comes into force with immediate effect in the constituency.
The filing of Nominations would begin on July 11 and the last date for filing of nomination papers was July 18.
The scrutiny would take place the next day and July 22 is the last date for withdrawals.Polling would take place on August five and the counting of votes would be taken up on August nine.
The EC, in a release said, it has decided to use EVMs and VVPATs in the election in all the polling stations. Adequate numbers of EVMs and VVPATs have been made available and all steps have been taken to ensure that the polls were conducted smoothly with the help of these machines.In consonance with the past practice, the EC has decided that the voter’s identification would be mandatory in the aforementioned election at the time of poll.
It said Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) would be the main document of identification of a voter. However, in order to ensure that no voter was deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the electoral roll, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the election.
The EC had rescinded the elections to Vellore Parliamentary seat following seizure of large sums of money, especially from the educational and other premises of Opposition DMK candidate Kathir Anand, who is the son of Party Treasurer and former Minister Duraimurugan. Th EC had on April 16 after getting the approval of President Ram Nath Kovind, countermanded the election to Vellore Lok Sabha seat following seizure of large sums of money.
Income-Tax officials conducted raids and seized Rs ten lakh, allegedly meant for distributing to the voters, from Kathir Anand's house, college and godown.During the four-day long raids, the IT officials also seized Rs 11 crore from the house of a DMK functionary, who was said to be close to Mr Duraimurugan.
Cases were also registered against Anand for possessing money over and above the amount disclosed in his affidavit, while filing nominations. Reacting to EC's decision to defer the polls, Mr Duraimurugan had termed it as a biggest murder of democracy and threatening tactics of the Centre, while the ruling AIADMK said rescinding of elections was not acceptable and that the DMK candidate should be disqualifed by the EC.
Following this, single phase elections were held on April 18 for 38 of the 39 LS seats in Tamil Nadu, along with bypolls to 22 Assembly seats in two phases.
The DMK-led Front swept the lok Sabha polls winning 37 of the 38 seats and 13 of the 22 Assembly seats.(UNI)