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Sholinganallur biggest constituency in terms of voters

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The constituency has a total strength of 3,40,615 voters

Kilvelur in Nagapattinam is the smallest constituency


CHENNAI: The Sholinganallur Assembly constituency is the biggest one in the State in terms of voters, according to Praveen Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer.

Falling under Kancheepuram district, the constituency has a total strength of 3,40,615 voters, of whom men are 1,78,834 and women 1,66,781.

The smallest constituency is Kilvelur in Nagapattinam district, which is reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs). This constituency has 1,40,127 voters, of whom men account for 70,284 and women 69,843.

Of 54,016 polling booths, 19,560 are located in urban areas and 36,456 in rural areas. Nearly 2.76 lakh government employees would be deployed for the poll work.

A 24-hour call centre would be set up to receive information or complaints from the public. It would have a toll-free number (1965). Each assembly constituency would have a flying squad, a video surveillance team, video viewing team and an accounting team.

There would be two categories of observers – general and expenditure.

During the period of campaigning, candidates would have to submit their records regarding their spending thrice to the expenditure observers for scrutiny. Such observers would cover five assembly constituencies each.

Explaining features of the Model Code of Conduct, Mr Kumar said registered beneficiaries of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme could be covered under the existing projects.

New projects under the Scheme that may be mandated under the law may be taken up only if they were for the existing registered beneficiaries and they were listed in the approved and sanctioned shelf of projects, for which funds were already earmarked.

The revised ceiling of election expenses had been fixed at Rs. 16 lakh for a candidate in the Assembly elections.

As part of the revised norms, candidates, while submitting their papers, should be required to furnish details of the permanent account numbers (PAN) issued by the Income Tax Department to their dependents too, he added.

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