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EC nod for change of polling stations' location

By Our Staff Reporter

ANANTAPUR, MARCH 11. To bring polling stations closer to habitations, within 2 km from polling areas, the Election Commission has approved the district administration's proposal to change location of 11 polling stations. According to the District Collector and District Election Officer, Y.V. Anuradha, polling stations with change in locations are spread in Uravakonda (2), Kadiri (1), Kalyanadurg (6) and Tadipatri (2). Besides, counting of votes pertaining to all 14 Assembly segments will be taken up at the district headquarters this year. The Collector has urged political parties to follow the model code of conduct and warned them against intimidation of voters. She also warned officials against misuse of official position.

Notices have already been on two employees under Section 134 of the People's Representation Act for behaving in a manner unbecoming of a Government servant. Notices were served on Manikumari, an employee of the SC Corporation, for her newspaper statements and on the former MRO of Anantapur, Govindarajulu, who is on leave currently, for conducting a blood donation camp on the premises of MRO's office by inviting the fair price shop dealers.

A meeting has been convened with the political parties on March 15 on the observation of model code of conduct. Returning officers and assistant returning officers have also been told to tour their constituencies from March 15. MROs have been asked to identify the problematic villages.

She has also appealed to the print and electronic media against the use of names and photographs of the district officials in advertisements being issued by the people's representatives. She stated that some people's representatives were issuing advertisements on the progress of various schemes as their achievements along with the officials' photographs.

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