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Civic polls: HC wants State to implement 50% women’s quota

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The Hindu       15.09.2016  

Civic polls: HC wants State to implement 50% women’s quota

Once a gazette notification has been issued by the State government providing 50 per cent reservation for women candidates in local body elections, it has to be provided in the impending elections, the Madras High Court said on Wednesday. It then directed the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to implement the promised quota for women.

The First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan made the observation on a PIL petition moved by G. Kumar, a member of the Indian National Congress.

The petitioner wanted the court to direct the authorities to facilitate online submission of nomination for all the posts in local bodies; uploading of affidavits of all candidates onto the State Election Commission’s website; deployment of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM); and installation of CCTV cameras in all the polling stations. He also asked the court to direct the government and the commission to ensure 50 per cent reservation for women candidates.

When the PIL came up for hearing, the Special Government Pleader informed the Bench that the issue of using EVMs was already pending before a Division Bench of the court. Recording the submission, the Bench directed the State government and the State Election Commission to take a decision on the other two aspects before the elections are announced.

As to the plea for implementing 50 per cent reservation for women candidates, the Bench referred to the government gazette dated February 27 and said, “Once the gazette has been issued, the reservation has to be provided as per the same.”

The Bench then disposed of the PIL.

 

Clicks of beautiful Kovai displayed at Corporation

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The Hindu         09.09.2016 

Clicks of beautiful Kovai displayed at Corporation

Forty-six pictures that were handpicked from the 402 entries of the Click Kovai photography contest were displayed in a one-day photography exhibition on the Coimbatore Corporation office premises on Thursday. The contest was jointly organised by the Corporation and Green Global Trust to showcase the beauty of Coimbatore.

Commemorating the World Photography Day, the competition was open till August 19, to showcase the talents of Coimbatoreans and the beauty of the city. As many as 122 contestants participated in the competition and submitted 402 entries in topics ranging from Water Bodies in Coimbatore, Hills of Coimbatore, Greenery in Coimbatore and Coimbatore City Life. Distributing prizes to the winners, Mayor of Coimbatore Corporation P. Rajkumar said that Coimbatore had been known as an industrial city and such events would be helpful in highlighting its beauty. He said that select pictures from the competition would be used for promotional and campaign materials prepared by the Corporation.

Mr. Rajkumar also gave away prizes to the top three winners and three consolation prize winners. P.M. Mohammed Ashik won a DSLR camera as the first prize. J. Johnson won a gift voucher for Rs. 10,000 for the second prize and S. Mukilvendan won a gift voucher for Rs. 5,000 for the third prize.

Arjun Muthukrishnan, R. Balu Mahendran and R. Prakash Kumar were given consolation prizes. Their pictures were among the 46 pictures displayed at the exhibition on Thursday.

K. Maruthachalam of Photo Center, Srinivasan Durai of Srini Institute of Photography, N.N. Parasram of Savithri Photo house, T.S. Ramanan of Glolabs and former head of the department of Mass Communication, PSG College of Arts and Science C. Pichandy were judges of the event. Participation certificates were given away to all the participants.

 

Guidelines for appointing civic poll officers issued

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The Hindu       09.09.2016

Guidelines for appointing civic poll officers issued

The Tamil Nadu State Election Commission has issued guidelines that District Electoral Officers need to follow while appointing officers for the local body polls. Those involved in elections should not be part of the same local body, it said. In Municipal Corporations, those working in a zone should not be involved for electoral work in the same zone.

While choosing employees, those known to have associated with a political party or to the candidate should not be involved in electoral work. In case a relative of the employee was contesting, the employee should not be posted in the same local body.

Mostly those in essential services such as police, health, electricity, water supply, dairy farms have been exempted from being appointed as polling officers. One or more woman polling officer should be involved in booths, the poll commission stated.

 


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