November 16, 2016
Thanjavur: At least 118 cases have so far been registered against various political parties including DMK, AIADMK, BJP and Congress for violating the model code of conduct in Thanjavur constituency which is going to the polls on November 19.
Briefing media persons on the details of the arrangements made by the district administration to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections for Thanjavur, Collector A Annadurai said that 276 polling stations have been set up, of which 48 polling stations have been identified as sensitive stations. Polling in all the 276 booths will be web-cast, he added.
The collector said that 30 flying squads and nine static surveillance teams, all comprising central government employees, had been formed to check for any distribution of cash or gifts to voters. The teams had so far seized Rs. 9.14 crores of unaccounted money during vehicle checks conducted at check posts in Thanjavur constituency.
The required number of EVMs and polling personnel has now been kept ready for polling. Besides the police personnel, three companies of central reserve forces (CISF and Andhra Special Police Battalion) will be deployed on security duty. Central government employees will be posted as micro observers, the collector said.
Mr Vijaykumar Karg who has been posted as election observer (police) by the election commission has been camping in Thanjavur and monitoring the election security arrangements. He can be contacted in his mobile number 9791468278. Mr Pinay Kumar has now been posted as election expenditure observer, the collector said.