TN Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo directed Erode Collector to ensure authority letters to mediapersons to enter vote counting centres on counting day on May 2.
In his letter to collector on April 16, he referred to the complaint of Dr. S.K. Samy.G, SC Advocate, President, Tamil Nadu Munnetra Kazhagam, about denial of such letters to many mediapersons by officials of information and public relations office of Erode district and ill-treatment of mediapersons in the office, violating human rights norms.
The lawyer submitted a video in this regard and the video went viral in all social medias.
In his letter, the CEO said ”I am directed to invite attention to the reference cited wherein the petitioner (SK samy) has complained that the authority letters for media persons were not distributed to particular media due to the influence of Public Relation Officers of Districts especially in Erode District.
The copy of the video content as stated in the petition was enclosed by this office for reference.”
The CEO further said ”I am, therefore, to request you to kindly ensure with the Public Relation Officers of your District regarding issuance of authority letters to the media persons without any bias for entry into the counting centers during the General Elections to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, 2021 and send an action taken report in this regard to this office immediately.”