Parties depute agents for 24-hour vigil of strongrooms in TN

Chennai: With the elections over on April 6 and the long wait to continue till the declaration of results on May 2, the main political parties in Tamil Nadu are leaving no stone unturned to keep a watch on the strongrooms housing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at the counting centers.

Accordingly, each political party has appointed agents in turn to watch the CCTV footage which show the doors of the strongrooms where EVMs are kept.

The agents are working on an eight-hour shift and have been allocated a room in each in the counting centers. While the DMK has been proactive in appointing agents to monitor the counting centers, all political parties of Tamil Nadu, including the ruling AIADMK, have appointed agents to watch the CCTV screens.

Kokilavarnan, an agent of DMK who is in-charge of a counting center in Chennai, told IANS, “We have agents who are registered with the Election Commission and they are employed in three shifts starting from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., and 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. We provide them food, snacks and tea for the job. These are hard-core party workers who are deputed as agents.”

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and the Congress have also deployed agents to monitor the counting centers.

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