Tamil Nadu Assembly: Filing of nomination begins on Friday

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:30 GMT, Apr 22, 2016 |

Filing of nominations will begin from Friday in Tamil Nadu.

The Election Commission has laid down the procedure for filing of the nominations by the candidates in the 234 seats in Tamil Nadu, stipulating that only five people, including the candidate, would be allowed inside the returning officer’s room while filing the nomination papers.

In a statement, District Election Officer and Collector P. Jawahar said candidates could file their nominations between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on all days till April 29, except on Sundays and Government holidays.

The candidate or her/his representative can submit the nomination papers directly before the returning officer or the assistant returning officer of Assembly constituency.

Mr. Jawahar said that only three vehicles would be allowed within 100-metre radius of the office of the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer. Only four persons would be allowed to accompany the candidate into the offices during filing of nominations.

Candidates will have to make a security deposit of Rs.10,000 for contesting elections.

For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, the security deposit is Rs.5,000. Scrutiny of nominations would take place on April 30 and their withdrawal on May 2 up to 3 p.m.

Symbols would be allotted to candidates on May 2, he added.

The various fronts led by AIADMK, DMK, DMDK, PMK, and the Bharatiya Janata Party are contesting in all the 234 seats. The nominations by these party’s candidates as well as from other parties and by independents is expected to be around 1,500.