November 13, 2016
Thanjavur: Postal voting scheduled to be held today at the revenue divisional office ahead of the November 19 assembly elections to Thanjavur constituency was cancelled all of a sudden just a few minutes prior to its commencement following an objection raised by DMK.
All arrangements had been made to facilitate police personnel on election duty to cast their postal votes at the revenue divisional office in Thanjavur today. A few minutes before postal voting started, DMK’s chief agent Indrajit and a delegation of DMK’s legal wing comprising advocates Ganesan, Shanmugasundaram and Ashok presented a petition to the revenue divisional officer C Suresh who is the election returning officer for Thanjavur constituency, registering their objection to allowing the police personnel belonging to Thanjavur constituency to cast their postal votes.
Indrajit in his petition stated that police personnel belonging to Thanjavur constituency should not be deployed on election security duty. Only those belonging to other districts should be involved in election work. Therefore, the police personnel belonging to Thanjavur constituency should not be allowed to cast their postal votes.
The police personnel who had been waiting in queue to cast their votes were told by the polling officials to cast their votes in their respective polling booths.