Erode (East) bypoll : 14 unauthorised election offices of DMK, AIADMK sealed

Election officials on Thursday sealed 10 unauthorised election offices of the ruling DMK and four offices of the opposition AIADMK set up in the Erode (East) Assembly constituency, without the obtaining of permission. .

The AIADMK had lodged complaints with the Chief Electoral Officer and the District Election Officer stating that the DMK had erected 120 temporary election offices in the constituency and that electors were being confined to these sheds throughout the day. Former AIADMK Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam had alleged this too, and had also claimed that their democratic right in seeking votes was being curtailed, as they could not meet the electors.

Members of flying surveillance teams (FSTs) inspected all the party offices on Wednesday and found 14 offices including four of AIADMK that had been functioning without obtaining permission. The FSTs lodged complaints with the District Police who registered cases. The Superintendent of Police sent a letter to the Returning Officer for necessary action.

The offices were functioning on vacant plots of land. While eight of these were found functioning under the Karungalpalayam police station limits, one was under the GH police station limits and five were under the Erode South police station limits.

Election officials, accompanied by police and paramilitary personnel, inspected the election offices and asked the people inside to leave the premises. Later, the offices were sealed.

The Dispute:

At Alamarathukadu, when election officials went to seal the AIADMK office, functionaries and cadre entered into an altercation with officials. They claimed that the DMK had established many unauthorised offices and wanted those offices to be sealed too. Officials said they were initiating action not only against the AIADMK, but also against the DMK. Later, the office was sealed.

Likewise, DMK cadre also opposed the sealing of their offices.

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