State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar on Thursday stated that presiding officers would be appointed to oversee the election of Mayors and Deputy Mayors for the 12 Municipal Corporations in the State for which voting took place on Wednesday. As per rule, the Commissioner, Director of Municipal Administration and Election Authority has to appoint the District Collector or Joint Collector as presiding officer for the special meetings of the Municipal Corporations for electing the Mayors and Deputy Mayors.
Ramesh Kumar said that the SEC has duly considered and decided that the District Collectors would be the presiding officers for holding the special meetings for the election of Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the Municipal Corporations. If more than one municipal corporation exists, like in Chittoor and Krishna districts, the Joint Collector (Revenue) would be the presiding officers for one of the corporations for convening the special meetings.
A separate statement said that the State Election Commission, after careful consideration, “hereby lifts the Model Code of Conduct in the rural areas of the entire State with effect from March 11, except in (372) Gram Panchayats in (13) Districts of the State, where elections are left and Sarpanchas and Ward Members and slated to be held on March 15.” In the past, the State Election Commission announced a schedule for the conduct of ordinary elections to Gram Panchayats in the State and the Model Code of Conduct came into force in the rural areas of the entire State from January 9.