Chennai March 29th
The poll process for 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat in neighbouring Puducherry that would face elections on April 24 was on Saturday set in progress with issue of notification by electoral authorities.The last day for submitting nomination papers is April 5 and the scrutiny will be taken up on April 7.The last date for withdrawal of nominations is April 9.Counting of votes will be held on May 16.
Tamil Nadu is witnessing a five-cornered battle with AIADMK and Congress going alone in the polls while DMK and BJP are leading respective multi-party fronts.Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Praveen Kumar said that since the model code of conduct had come into effect nearly Rs. 20 crore in cash and non-cash material have been seized.EC was also monitoring some TV channels
The first batch of 32 companies of central paramilitary force had arrived recently while another contingent was expected after April 20, according to reports.The EC also announced the launch of an Andriod mobile phone application to report electoral malpractices and it can be downloaded from http://elections.tn.gov.in/complaints.