Thattanchavady by-election to be held along with LS poll

Puducherry: Chief Electoral Officer V Candavelou said yesterday on 18 April, along with Lok Sabha elections, the by-election to Thattanchavady Assembly segment would also be held.

Last year on 8 November, opposition AINRC legislator Ashok Anand was disqualified after he was convicted by a CBI court in a graft case. Followed by this, Thattanchavady by-election was necessitated.

The notification for the polls would be issued on 19 March and the last date for filing of nominations is 26 March. Scrutiny of the papers would be done on 27 March.

29 March would be the last date for withdrawal of nominations, while counting of votes would take place on 23 May.

Candavelou pointed out that the voter strength in Puducherry comprising 30 Assembly constituencies and one Lok Sabha seat is 9,59,785, and the Thattanchavady segment has a strength of 29,317 voters of whom 13,846 are men, 15,468 women and three voters coming under other category.

Also the model code of conduct came into effect yesterday and would remain in force till the completion of election process, he added.

NT Bureau