Chennai: A large contingent of volunteers across Tamil Nadu was actively involved in helping out with the procedures for the Assembly elections being held in 232 constituencies of the state.
Despite their efforts to ensure that polling runs smoothly, they were not accorded the best of facilities. Even though they contributed in time and effort from 7 am to 6 pm in order to help out the poll officials, the Election Commission failed to ensure that their needs were met.
“Being a representative of the corporation, my lunch is provided by them. It’s the same in the case of police, and volunteers representing the candidates. Except water, the Election Commission did not provide anything, including tea and snacks,” said M. Raja, a volunteer at the Lady M C T Muthiah Chettiar Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Alagappa Road polling booth.
“We have been working from seven in the morning. All we got till now was a tiny cup of tea,” said a volunteer at the polling booth at Bain School, Kilpauk on condition of anonymit.”