Chennai sources stated that the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) headed by TTV Dhinakaran Monday urged the Election Commission to allow agents of political parties to stay round the clock at centers where EVMs used in the April 18 Lok Sabha elections in Tamilnadu are stored. Meanwhile, a day after a woman tahsildar was suspended for alleged violation of norms in entering a room where polling records were kept in Madurai, AMMK leader Thanga Tamilselvan said his party had 'suspicion' about state government officials deployed for poll work.
As per agents were not allowed beyond 10 pm and the restriction should be eased to avoid escalation of suspicion, Tamilselvan, a key aide of Dhinakaran, told reporters. He said "If the counting happens in a day or two, it would not be a problem, but it is a month-long wait (for May 23). We are okay with efforts taken by the EC, but its implementation lies with officials of state government".
Moreover he also questioned the need for the official to visit the storage room. Apparently Tamilnadu Chief Electoral officer Satyabrata SahooSunday ordered the suspension of the tahsildar after an inquiry based on a complaint by CPI-M candidate in Madurai constituency. According to poll Officials "Three-tier security system has been provided to the strong rooms, which are being monitored using CCTV cameras round the clock".