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Work satisfactory, says deletions probe officer

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, JUNE 18. P.J. Thomas, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Kerala, who has been appointed enquiry officer by the Election Commission to go into the complaints of deletion of names from the electoral rolls of Tamil Nadu, today expressed satisfaction with the progress of work on receipt and processing of applications and holding enquiry on the petitions.

Shortly after holding discussions with the Tamil Nadu CEO, Mrutyunjay Sarangi, and other officials at the Secretariat here, Mr. Thomas told reporters that he had already visited Kanyakumari, Madurai and Tiruvallur districts for enquiry. He was in Tiruvallur this morning.

He began the inquiry in the city today. The process began on June 7 and would go on till June 21, he said, adding the District Collectors and other officials were extending cooperation for the enquiry.

Earlier, Mr. Sarangi said 20,654 complaints of deletions had been received from the public in 30 districts as on June 14. Of these, 18,749 complaints were received in the districts and 1,905 at the CEO's office. The highest number of 5,043 petitions was received in Chennai. A total of 1,828 petitions were submitted in Madurai, 1,408 in Coimbatore and 1,008 in Kancheepuram district. The lowest number of petitions — 66 — was from the Nilgiris.

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