Chennai: The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has instructed its counting agents to ensure that all standard procedures are followed and to be wary of DMK’s “dishonest practices”, during the counting of votes polled in the Lok Sabha elections and assembly polls.

“The entire country knows that DMK members are experts in resorting to ‘dishonest practices’ as well as violence. Many instances can be mentioned [to prove this]. Therefore, the AIADMK counting agents should remain vigilant to see if the DMK members commit any fraud and [if so] seek redressal by taking it up with higher officials,” they said.

Deputy chief minister and AIADMK Coordinator O Panneerselvam and chief minister and co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami said in a statement that agents must follow a slew of steps, including reaching the counting centres as early as 6 am on May 23.

On the other hand, DMK spokesperson, Prasanna told MyNation that they have instructed their own counting agents to be vigilant.
“The AIAMDK-PMK are known to be corrupt and indulge in unlawful activities but the DMK doesn’t have to resort to such tactics because the people are with us,” added Prasanna.

The two AIADMK leaders, whose party should win a sizeable number of Seats from the 22, further instructed the counting agents to ensure all standard procedures were duly followed on the counting day.

These included examining the seals on EVMs, matching of votes polled and counted and double checking the number of votes every candidate has received in each round. 

“The agents should leave the counting centres only after the votes of all rounds are counted and the results declared,” they said.

Counting of votes for the 38 Lok Sabha seats and 22 assembly constituencies where by-polls were held, would be done across the state in various centres on Thursday.

Election to the Vellore Lok Sabha constituency was rescinded after recovery of huge cash allegedly from an associate of a DMK leader