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A.P. SEC to take action against electioneering by ward volunteers

Complaints can be registered on 0866-2466877, the commission’s 24×7 call centre.

State Election Commissioner N. Ramesh Kumar said in a press release that electioneering involving ward volunteers for the elections to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) is prohibited and constitutes an electoral offence in violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Mr. Kumar said complaints can be registered on 0866-2466877, the commission’s 24×7 call centre, and action would be taken immediately. Complaints can also be mailed to [email protected] Complaints can be registered with District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners concerned.

Besides, written complaints can be lodged with the election officers.

The District Collectors and Municipal Commissioners were instructed to take prompt action on receiving complaints and to create awareness in the general public against illegal electioneering practices involving ward volunteers.

Mr. Kumar further said ward volunteers should not solicit votes for a favoured contestant from beneficiary groups. This would constitute a punishable offence under election law, he said.

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