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SEC warns against auctioning of posts

The State Election Commissioner has issued a strict warning against anti-democratic practices.

Published: 01st October 2016 02:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st October 2016 10:35 AM   |  A+A-

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AIADMK candidate K R A Rajapriya campaigns outside a mosque near Mullvadi Gate in Salem on Friday | Express

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: In the wake of allegations of sale of civic body posts, the poll panel on Friday issued a strict warning against adopting such anti-democratic practices.

“Information is reaching us that civic body posts are allegedly to be filled in certain places by auctioning them. The Commission has instructed the District Election Officer/District Collector to take stringent legal action against those who resort to such illegal acts that harm the democratic practice,” the SEC said in a release.

It further advised the district authorities to take necessary steps to create awareness among the people over this. Meanwhile, the State Election Commissioner met the state’s police chief, TK Rajendran, to discuss security arrangements for the October 17 and 19 polls.

Protection for the polling station, ballot distribution centre, strong room  and counting centre, precautionary measures for ensuring peaceful, free and fair elections, safe transportation of polling materials, pressing into service the special police and home guards and other personnel into poll duty, releasing phone numbers for police complaints, escorting the flying squads, measures to prevent coercion and intimidation of society’s weaker sections and restricting possession of weapons were among the topics discussed.



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