CEO denies any nexus with AIADMK
Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar denied any nexus between the election commission and the ruling AIADMK Government on the eve of the April 24 Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu.
Answering a question by reporters that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa till the 11th hour criticised the election commission and all of a sudden she asked her partymen to cooperate with it for smooth conduct of election, Mr Praveen kumar categorically denied that there there was no nexus between the EC and the ruling AIADMK. He said perhaps Ms Jayalalithaa's appeal to her party men might be for smooth conduct of the elections, he added.
Mr Praveenkumar, who was here to hold training sessions to returning officer cum district Collectors of the Tiruchirapalli, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, and Dindigul on counting process of the polled votes in the April 24 LOk Sabha elections, on May 16, also pointed out that the promulgation of prohibitory orders under section 144 on th eve of the elections was a policy decision of the election commission and said the prohibitory orders helped smooth conduct of the elections. In fact, this was appriciated by a section of the media, he added.
To a question he said so far he had completed three training sessions to the respective district collectors and the returning officers at Chennai, Coimbatore and Tiruchirapalli. The last session will be held in Madurai this afternoon, he added.
(Posted on 08-05-2014)