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Madras HC: CCTV Surveillance of Local Body Elections is Mandatory

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Aishwarya Rathore-

Published On: September 30, 2021 at 15:06 IST

The Madras High Court instructed the Tamil Nadu Government to take the necessary measures to ensure CCTV surveillance in conducting Rural Civic Body Elections in nine districts.

A Bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice PD Audikesavalu observed, CCTVs are an absolute must and there must be no break in surveillance of strong rooms and protection of ballot boxes.”

The Bench further stated, “We have technology and resources (for ensuring fair polls) so that no person can stand up and complain that he has been wronged.”

Justice Sanjib Banerjee added, “This is a premier state, we should be proud of that. The celebration of democracy (polls) taking place over here should be an example for anyone else to emulate.”

The Court directed Tamil Nadu Advocate General R. Shanmugasundaram to consult with the Government and seek the assistance of his predecessor, Vijay Narayan.

The Court further asked for feasible measures for electronic surveillance to ensure free and fair elections.

Earlier, appearing on behalf of the petitioner, Vijay Narayan claimed that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) received a response to its memorandum from the State Election Commission yesterday, which was vague on several issues.

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