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Voter slip distribution

Officials will be distributing the pending voter slips today. People who have not got the voter slip can collect it from there polling station today(10th April, Sunday) till 5 PM.

Voting without voter Id or slip

Latest update from Election Commission – if your photo does not appear on the voter list then you can use any of the other specified photo Id cards. However this seems to be for the 3 districts of Chennai, Kencheepuram and Madurai

Candidate Count

The final count of contesting candidate in each constituency is as below.

Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Consitutuency in Chennai has the highest no. of candidates (31), followed by Kolathur (27) where M.K.Stalin is contesting & Bodinayakanur (25).

Total of 16 constituencies across the state have more than 16 Candidates each resulting in more than 1 ballot . . . → Read More: Candidate Count

EVMs – are they fool-proof?

There hase been doubts raised in the previous elections in 2009 that EVMs have been tampered with. But Election Commission rubbished such possibilities.

Read this website for details on how EVMs can be possibily tampered with – http://indiaevm.org/

Candidate must be listed of electoral Rolls

To contest in Assembly Elections, a party’s candidate must have his/her name in electoral rolls of any assembly constituency in the state. The proposer must also have his/her name included in electoral rolls of any assembly constituency in the state.

In case of Independent candidate, there must be 10 proposers and all must be from . . . → Read More: Candidate must be listed of electoral Rolls

State Finances

The revenue deficit for the current year (2010-11) is projected at Rs.3,129Crores

State’s debt stands at Rs.1,01,541 Crores (projected) as on 31/Mar/2011 up from Rs.57,457Crores on 31/Mar/2006. However Debt to GSDP (gross state domestic product) ratio will be 19.85% as against 22.29% in 2005-06.

Who can contest to be a MLA?

An Indian Citizen not less than twenty five years of age (as on date of scrutiny of nomination) can contest the elections for state assemblies.

Further the candidate must be an elector (registered voter) anywhere in the country.

If the consitutency is a reserved constituency then the candidate must be a member of identified castes . . . → Read More: Who can contest to be a MLA?

Election Expenditure

A candidate is allowed to spend a maximum of Rs.16Lakhs during campaigning for the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. This amount was notified on 23th Feb 2011. Earlier the amount used to be Rs.10Laksh

Interestingly the expenditure limit varies from state to state with max. amt being Rs.16Lakhs in most states for assembly elections and . . . → Read More: Election Expenditure