Chennai : Elections to rural local bodies in the nine newly
created districts of Tamil Nadu will be held in two phases on October 6
six and nine, State Election Commissioner V Palanikumar said.
Announcing the poll schedule to the media, he said polling would be held
from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm with the last one hour reserved for COVID patients
and those with symptoms of any viral infection and the counting of votes
will take place on October 12.
The model code of conduct came into effect in the nine new districts of
Kancheepuram, Chengalpattu, Vellore, Tirupattur, Ranipet, Villuppuram,
Kallakurichi, Tirunelveli and Tenkasi, with the announcement of the polls.
Filing of nominations would be held from September 15 to 22. The scrutiny
will taken place on September 23 and the last date for withdrawals was
September 25, Mr. Palanikumar said.
A total of 27,003 posts are to be filled–140 district panchayat ward members,
1,381 panchayat union ward members for 74 panchayat unions and 22,581
village panchayat ward members posts in 2,901 village panchayats.
In the first phase, polls will be held for 78 district panchayat ward member posts,
755 panchayat union ward member posts, 1,577 village panchayat president posts
and 12,252 village panchayat ward member posts.
In the second phase, the polls will be held for 62 district panchayat ward member
posts, 626 panchayat union ward member posts, 1,324 village panchayat president
posts and 10,329 panchayat ward member posts.
Polling will be held in 14,573 booths–7,921 polling booths in the first phase
and 6,652 booths in the second phase.
There are 76,59,720 voters in the nine districts. Of these, 37,77,524 are men,
38,81,361 are women and 835 are third gender voters.
About 1.1 lakh government employees will be part of the polling exercise.
Indirect elections to the posts of district panchayat presidents, deputy
presidents, panchayat union presidents and deputy presidents and village
panchayat deputy presidents will be held on October 22.
Apart from this, elections to fill vacant posts in 28 other districts that went
to the polls in 2019 will be held on October 9.