Chennai: A decision on holding by-election to the four more Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu which fell vacant will be made soon, Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has said.
Speaking to reporters at the conclusion of three-day review of state of preparedness of the April 18 Lok Sabha election and simultaneous by-poll to 18 Assembly seats, here on Thursday he said about 8,787 anti-social elements have been detained to ensure the election process was not vitiated. Adequate CCTV coverage and web casting in polling stations in sensitive areas would be ensured.
Tamil Nadu has 67,720 polling stations with VVPAT machines — an increase of 1,946 polling stations compared to the previous elections.
Asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile violated the model code of conduct, Lavasa said there was no misuse of the official media.
“We have examined that case in the light of the model code of conduct. The committee of officers which went into it concluded that there was no misuse of the official media, because that is prohibited under the model code of conduct,” he said. On the launch of Namo TV, the EC said the poll panel has received a complaint and has sought a report from the information and broadcasting ministry.
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