Vellore, Aug. 3:
Polling for the Lok Sabha constituency will take place on August 5, Monday, in Vellore under tight security. The EC has restricted the publication and dissemination of opinion poll/exit poll results between 7 am and 6: 30 pm on the day of polling.
AIADMK’s alliance partner and Puthiya Neethi Katchi chief AC Shanmugam is facing off against DMK’s Kathir Anand, who is also the son of senior DMK leader Durai Murugan. Deepalakshmi is the candidate of Naam Tamilar Katchi
Leaders of various political parties are engaged in hectic canvassing for their candidates as the month-long hectic election campaign concludes today evening 6 pm.
Chief Minister Palanisamy toured Anaicut assembly segment yesterday to canvass in favour AIADMK nominee A C Shanmugam while DMK president Stalin was campaigning for DMK candidate Kathir Anand in the Vellore assembly constituency.
Deputy Chief Minister Panneerselvam and other ministers today canvassed in the final phase of campaigning for Shanmugam. Stalin visited Kamalapuram and Pernambut in Gudiyattam assembly segment yesterday evening and canvass for Kathir Anand.
Today morning Stalin campaigned at Sathuvachary and addressed a public meeting at Mandi Street here. Leaders of coalition parties K S Alagiri of Congress, Kadar Moideen of IUML, Jawaheerulla of MNK and Mutharasan of CPI also addressed at the meeting.
“The Election Commission of India has further clarified that under Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, displaying any election matter including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, would be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hour fixed for conclusion of poll for the aforesaid election,” the CEO said in a statement.
No music party or screening of films should be conducted to attract voters. Party functionaries, leaders and cadres brought here for campaigning and outsiders staying in Vellore should vacate immediately.
Violation of election rules will attract two years in jail. The votes polled on the election day will be counted on August 9. Polling in Vellore was cancelled in April this year over cash-for-votes after homes of DMK leaders in the constituency were raided.