Tamil Nadu assembly election’s voting is on May 16th. Today (14.05.2016) evening by 6 p.m. any form of election campaigning must get over. It is offensive to campaign or promote any party’s voting symbol, candidate or any public talk on behalf of any political candidate. This implementation applies for public campaigning, television campaigning or through mobile media like whatsapp.
While addressing the media, Tamil Nadu Chief Election Officer Mr. Rajesh Lakhani said that almost 86 percent of booth slips have been distributed till now in the state. All the election duties are in swing to meet out the voting process on May 16. He also said that cellphones are not allowed inside the polling booth while casting the vote or on any other purpose.
Only a few officers are allowed to use mobile phones which is mandatory regarding the election process. Earlier, there were 9,360 sensitive polling booths identified in the state. This number was now cut down to 6,300.
There are many restrictions laid by the Election Department to conduct a peaceful and fair election in the sate. Liquor shops will remain closed on the polling day and on counting day (May 19) as well.
Unlike other elections previously, this time it was television channels and print media were used more for campaigning. Since the new voters are more in percentage and that seems to be a deciding factor in choosing the ruling party, technological campaigning was more. Websites, television channels, mobile media and social media networks were used more in this election.
The most unpredictable election in the history of Tamil Nadu in the last 50 years is this year. It was either DMK or ADMK that won seats and came to power. There were no alternatively strong party to oppose either of these parties who made their stronghold in the state. However, in this election there are more new parties with considerable name across the youth have flourished to challenge in this assembly election. Notable parties that constitute alone in all 234 constituencies of Tamil Nadu are NTK (Naam Tamilar Katchi) and PMK (Patali Makkal Katchi). “Naam Thamizhar Katchi” making its debut in this election.
Though new parties may not occupy the ruling seat for the state, undoubtedly they will consume a major share of votes. May 19th is the result to reveal what is what.