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EC cancels RK Nagar by-poll, cites voter bribery, corruption

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Chennai: Two days after the Income Tax (IT) department raided Tamil Nadu health minister Vijayabaskar and reportedly seized evidence of bribing voters, the Election Commission (EC)  late on Sunday decided to cancel the by-election to the R K Nagar constituency, scheduled on April 12.

It attributed its decision to rampant voter bribing and corruption.

As per sources, now more trouble for Sasikala, who is in jail for corruption, the election commission will examine the validity of her appointment as interim general secretary of AIADMK, which was challenged by Jayalalithaa loyalist O Panneerselvam.

The EC has at least three months to look at her appointment as the new polling date will be released only after that.

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