Polling to all local bodies, except panchayats, in Tamil Nadu could be through electronic voting machines (EVMs) with the Madras high court directing the state election commission to submit details on availability of EVMs.
A division bench of Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice K Ravichandrabaabu said the court was keen on ensuring a free and fair election.
Advocate general R Muthukumaraswamy told the bench that the use of EVMs could not be insisted upon unless rules provided for that. For panchayats, there was no rule requiring the use of EVMs. Also, the term of the present local bodies in Tamil Nadu could not be extended beyond October 24 and a poll notification would be issued in the second or third week of this month, Muthukumaraswamy said.
The submissions were made when a batch of three writ petitions filed by the DMK seeking relief on reservationrotation of reserved constituencies, use of EVMs in all civic segments, deployment of central government or public sector staff for poll duty and hosting candidate information on the official state election commission website came up for hearing.
Earlier, senior counsel R Shanmugasundaram said the number of EVMs required would not be in the re gion of 4-5 lakh, as the state government had decided not to hold direct election to civic chief posts. Senior counsel N R Elango said the use of EVMs would infuse confidence in the electorate.
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