Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Kallkurichi Lok Sabha - how voted

The Kallakurichi Lok Sabha constituency registered 77.98 per cent polling in the Lok Sabha elections. The constituency straddles over six Assembly segments spread across Villupuram and Salem districts.
The Assembly segments of Sankarapuram, Kallakurichi and Rishivandhiyam are in Villupuram, and Gengavalli, Athur and Yercaud in Salem district. Surprisingly, Yercaud, a hilly terrain, recorded the highest polling of 80.8 per cent, followed by Rishivandhiyam-78 per cent, Athur-77.33 per cent, Kallakurichi-77.6 per cent, Sankarapuram-77.2 per cent and Gengavalli-76 per cent.
Except in Yercaud, the turnout of women voters in all other five Assembly segments was higher than the male voters. Kallakurichi attracted the highest number of women voters: 1,01,320 against 96,541 men.



After polling, all Electronic Voting Machines were sealed and taken to AKT Engineering College for the safe-keep. The college would also serve as the counting centre. Returning Officer Selvaraj and General Election Observer Debendranath Gupta scrutinised the EVMs in the presence of the candidates or their agents.
The strong room of the counting centre would be monitored round the clock by the closed circuit televisions cameras and armed guards. The counting would be done on May 16.

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How TN voted in 2014 Elections
TN Votes
TN goes to poll

Voter turnout in TN - second best since 1967

The final figure of 73.68 per cent polling in Tamil Nadu, released by the office of Chief Electoral Officer, makes the turnout in the Lok Sabha elections the second highest after the 1967 figure of 76.56 per cent.
According to the updated data, 73.51 per cent of the male voters and 73.86 per cent of the female voters exercised their franchise in polling, compared with 74.12 and 71.97 respectively in 2009. The figures for the others category (transgenders) was 12.54 per cent.

Dharmapuri, where caste clashes have resulted in polarisation, topped the list, with 81.14 per cent. Three other constituencies — Karur, Arani and Perambalur — polled more than 80 per cent. In the 2009 polls, Karur alone breached this mark. Officials at the CEO office said polling of over 75 per cent was considered significant by the Election Commission. This mark was surpassed in 21 constituencies in 2014, compared with 17 in 2009.
Of the 39 constituencies, the percentage of women who voted was higher than the percentage of men (relative to the total female and male electorate) in 19 constituencies. In 2009, only eight constituencies showed such a trend. Also, women had a higher turnout percentage in 32 of the 39 constituencies, compared with 2009. The average turnout of female voters in the seven reserved constituencies was higher, at 76.07 per cent, compared with 73.77 per cent in the general seats.

Lok Sabha Polls – TN Trends
Year
% of votes polled
2014
73.68
2009
73.03
2004
60.81
1999
57.98
1998
57.95
1996
66.93
1991
66.86
1989
66.86
1984
72.98
1980
66.76
1977
67.13
1967*
76.56
1962*
68.77
1957*
47.75
1951*
56.33
* à Madras Presidency

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Constitutional Bench to hear Rajiv Gandhi convicts release case - 7 questions for the Bench

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will decide the fate of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. A three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, while referring the matter to the larger Bench, took into consideration the Centre’s submissions that the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to remit the sentence of the seven convicts was “illegal and without jurisdiction.”

Centre
Tamil Nadu
The State government is not the appropriate government in the present case and it has no role to play in it at any stage
The authority to exercise the power of remission in such special cases vested with the “appropriate government” even after the court commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment. The order did not bar any further exercise of the commutation/remission power by the executive under the Constitution or under the Criminal Procedure Code (Cr.PC)

The Bench framed seven questions for the Constitution Bench:
Ø     Does imprisonment for life in terms of Section 53 read with Section 45 of the Indian Penal Code mean imprisonment for the rest of the life of the prisoner or a convict undergoing life imprisonment has a right to claim remission?
Ø     Can a special category of sentence be made for the very few cases where the death penalty might be substituted with imprisonment for life or imprisonment for a term in excess of 14 years and can that category be put beyond the application of remission?
Ø     Is the ‘appropriate government’ permitted to exercise the power of remission under Section 432/433 of the Cr.PC after parallel power has been exercised by the President under Article 72 or by the Governor under Article 161 or by this court in its constitutional power under Article 32 as in this case?
Ø     Does Section 432(7) of the Cr.PC clearly give primacy to the executive power of the Union and exclude the executive power of the State where the power of the Union is co-extensive?
Ø     Which has primacy, the Union or the State, over the subject matter in List III of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution for exercise of the power of remission? Can there be two appropriate governments in a given case under Section 432(7) of the Cr.PC?
Ø     Is suo motu exercise of the power of remission under Section 432(1) permissible? If, yes, is the procedure prescribed in the same Section mandatory or not?

Ø     Does the term “consultation” stipulated in Section 435(1) of Cr.PC imply concurrence?


Friday, April 25, 2014

Somewhere in Mumbai


How Tamil Nadu voted in 2014 General Elections

#
Constituencies / Zones
% of votes polled
Male
Female
Others
Total
NORTH ZONE

1
Chennai North
65.57
62.37
3.03
63.95
2
Chennai Central
63.73
59.27
0
61.49
3
Chennai South
61.92
58.89
3.51
60.40
4
Tiruvallur (SC)
75.77
71.70
8.78
73.73
5
Sriperumbudur
67.92
64.48
0
66.21
6
Kancheepuram (SC)
77.76
74.09
0
75.91
7
Arakkonam
78.70
76.92
23.81
77.80
8
Vellore
75.75
73.43
25
74.58
9
Tiruvannamalai
78.37
79.24
4.35
78.80
10
Arani
80.24
79.75
0
80.00
11
Villupuram (SC)
77.29
76.53
8.27
76.90
12
Kallakurichi
76.67
79.86
10.53
78.26
13
Cuddalore
77.46
79.81
5.26
78.63
14
Chidambaram (SC)
77.34
81.91
4.76
79.61

CENTRAL ZONE

15
Mayiladuthurai
74.05
77.71
10.0
75.87
16
Perambalur
78.72
81.28
69.23
80.02
17
Thanjavur
72.79
78.14
21.43
75.49
18
Nagapattinam (SC)
74.72
80.57
28.57
77.64
19
Tiruchirappalli
70.41
70.69
49.40
70.55
20
Karur
79.76
81.32
58.06
80.55

WEST ZONE

21
Krishnagiri
77.74
77.62
14.29
77.68
22
Dharmapuri
81.58
80.55
45.45
81.07
23
Salem
78.11
75.32
10.34
76.73
24
Namakkal
79.65
79.63
39.44
79.64
25
Erode
77.65
74.51
30.88
76.07
26
Tirupur
77.84
74.55
6.9
76.22
27
Nilgiris (SC)
75.41
71.76
12.12
73.43
28
Coimbatore
69.90
66.63
11.48
68.28
29
Pollachi
74.75
71.49
15.79
73.11

SOUTH ZONE

30
Madurai
67.85
67.92
49.06
67.88
31
Dindigul
77.41
77.31
22.43
77.36
32
Sivaganga
67.58
78.04
0
72.83
33
Theni
74.04
76.01
12.87
75.02
34
Ramanathapuram
63.61
73.70
17.50
68.63
35
Virudhunagar
74.46
75.45
40.91
74.96
36
Tuticorin
69.02
70.81
50.00
69.92
37
Thenkasi (SC)
71.24
75.95
7.69
73.60
38
Tirunelveli
66.47
68.88
10.00
67.68
39
Kanyakumari
66.10
69.31
2.86
67.69

Total
73.49
73.85
12.72
73.67