State Election Commissioner (SEC) Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar said on Monday that a complaint was received against Andhra University Vice-Chancellor PVGD Prasad Reddy for participating in a community-based meeting in Visakhapatnam. Addressing media persons after holding a review meeting with returning officers and election officials of four districts here, the SEC said the Collector V Vinay Chand will probe into the matter and strict action will be taken if found to be guilty. He said they are also inquiring into the complaint that bar owners were being harassed, and complimented the excise department for checking the flow of liquor during elections.
They were also inquiring into whether any irregularities were committed while counting during the recent panchayat elections. He said they received complaints that some candidates were not allowed to file nominations. In such cases, the candidates will be allowed to file nominations again, he said. As the panchayat polls were conducted peacefully, the DEC hoped the municipal elections will also witness more polling. He expressed satisfaction that the Model Code of Conduct announced for five states was being strictly implemented in the state.
At the same time, he said, no candidate should undertake a door-to-door campaign with not more than five persons. Earlier addressing a review meeting, the SEC said people should exercise their franchise as a “social responsibility”. Officials were told to complete the distribution of voter slips not later than March 7. He said the district administrations were advised to ensure strict implementation of MCC. He said mobile teams were deployed to keep a vigil on roadshows and public meetings by various pars. Vigilance teams will check the distribution of money and liquor.