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EC to look into alleged misuse of intelligence police

Written by: Staff

Chennai, Mar 3 (UNI) The Election Commission will look into allegations that state intelligence police were spreading rumours about MDMK General Secretary Vaiko switching alliance ahead of the Assembly elections, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said today.

Asked about the Opposition's allegation that the intelligence was being misused by the ruling AIADMK to spread canard that Mr Vaiko would ditch the DMK-led DPA camp and join the ruling party, he said ''we haven't received any complaint so far. It has to be seen if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) on the issue.'' About the extension of service of four retired Superintendents of Police (SPs) by the Govenrment, Mr Gupta said the EC would take a view on that.

On whether the Prime Minister's proposed visit to the city on March 11 to inaugurate a manufacturing facility of a telecom major would come under the ambit of the MCC, he said it had to be ascertained whether it was an official or private function. However, the Code of Conduct applied to the Prime Minister as well, he added.

The CEO said the Electors' Photo Identity Card (EPIC) campaign would continue even after March 31 to ensure that a maximum number of electorate received the card.

Stating that 15,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were being despatched from Karnataka for the Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, he said a total of 80,000 EVMs would be utilised in the state.

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