The Election Commission on Saturday directed the polls in Aravakurichi constituency of Tamil Nadu to be conducted on May 23, 2016 instead of May 16, 2016. The counting in the constituency will be held on May 25 instead of May 19. Using its power under Article 324 of the Constitution, the Election Commission, in an order said that election in the constituency will now be held on May 23 instead of May 16.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The order signed by Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi and fellow Commissioners A K Joti and O P Rawat said FIRs have been lodged and Income Tax raids carried out at the residences and other premises of various political leaders show that unaccounted money and gift items have been distributed to voters to vitiate the electoral process.”…the irresistible conclusion is that all the above seized monies and gift items were meant for distribution to electors as illegal inducement to them. The Commission is satisfied that the current electoral process in Aravakurichi assembly constituency has been seriously vitiated on account of unlawful activities of the candidates and political parties and their workers in bribing the electors,” the EC said in its order.
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