5 candidates file papers on first day

Five candidates filed their nominations for Lok Sabha election in Chennai district on Tuesday. One candidate filed papers for the byelection to Perambur Assembly constituency.

Chennai North Parliamentary constituency received the largest number of nominations on the first day. Three candidates filed nominations in the constituency. Independent candidate Pa. Marimuthu, L. Praveen Kumar of People’s Party of India and J. Sabastin of the Socialist Unity Centre of India have filed nominations for Chennai North Parliamentary Constituency.

Two candidates filed nominations in Chennai South Parliamentary constituency. Independent candidate Agni Sriramachandran and Saikumar of the Socialist Unity Centre of India filed nominations in Chennai South.

Candidates are yet to start filing nominations in the Chennai Central Parliamentary constituency.

In Perambur Assembly constituency, independent candidate Agni Sriramachandran filed nomination papers on Tuesday.

Pledge for candidates

All candidates took a pledge to campaign for the Lok Sabha election in an ethical manner, as per the Model Code of Conduct of elections. The last date of filing of nominations is March 26. Nominations papers cannot be filed on Saturday and Sunday.

The Chennai District Election Office has intensified awareness programmes to increase participation of voters in the election. An awareness programme was organised in TIDEL Park in Taramani. Chennai Corporation Commissioner and Chennai District Election Officer G.Prakash launched a human chain to promote voter turnout.

“Work on supplementary rolls will be completed by March 26. There are 3,754 polling booths in Chennai district. Work on facilities for improving access to the booths has started. Expenditure observers have reached the city. Banks have been instructed to report suspicious transactions to the district election office,” said Mr. Prakash.

On Monday, a flash mob was organised on the Marina beach to create awareness on Lok Sabha elections.

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