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Kamaraj Nagar byelection: all arrangements in place, says Chief Electoral Officer

Chief Electoral Officer Shurbir Singh on Saturday said the administration had declared a holiday on October 21 for all government offices, educational institutions and private establishments located within the jurisdiction of Kamaraj Nagar constituency.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Singh said the holiday had been declared under Section 25 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1981 for people to vote in the Kamaraj Nagar byelection.

The District Election Office had made all arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the byelection. In addition to the territorial police, one company of the Central Armed Police Forces would be deployed, he said.

Polling materials would be distributed from Motilal Nehru Government Polytechnic to polling booths, he said. The counting centre had been set up at the polytechnic itself.

Case filed

Three tier security arrangements had been provided for the strong room at the counting centre. The strong room would be under the surveillance of closed circuit television cameras, the CEO said.

A case has been booked against Congress candidate A. John Kumar for the Kamaraj Nagar bypoll for violating the model code of conduct. Based on a complaint, the Grand Bazaar police have registered a case against Mr. Kumar for promising to give free cable television connection in Kamaraj Nagar if elected, said Mr. Singh.

Source: thehindu.com

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