President to decide cancellation of Vellore elections: EC

New Delhi: Suspecting money used to influence voters after the commission body seized cash from DMK leaders over the last two weeks, the Election Commission (EC) yesterday has written to President Ram Nath Kovind recommending the Vellore parliamentary constituency elections be canceled as it is suspecting the voters have been influenced.
The elections in Vellore is scheduled to go on polls with the rest of Tamil Nadu on April 18.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan has confirmed that it had received the EC’s proposal on Monday night and sources suggest the proposal will be shared with the Law Ministry for its views on Tuesday.

However, sources confirmed the cancellation of elections in this region is imminent as the President will have to accept the EC’s proposal, Indian Express reports.

After receiving a free signal from the president, the Vellore constituency elections will be the first to have its elections canceled over abuse of money power.

This is not for the first time that the EC has countermanded elections. It has previously countermanded elections to the Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly seat in Tamil Nadu twice in the year 2016 while in April 2016, it has postponed polls in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur, after the body seized cash belonging to the AIADMK.

While in the year 2012, elections to two Rajya Sabha seats in Jharkhand were countermanded as well.