SEC Nimmagadda asks Collectors to looks into complaints of volunteers soliciting votes for ruling party
06-04-202006-04-2020 16:34:48 IST
Updated On 16-04-2020 14:11:37 ISTUpdated On 16-04-20202020-04-06T11:04:48.576Z06-04-2020 2020-04-06T11:04:45.566Z - 2020-04-16T08:41:37.548Z - 16-04-2020
On a complaint by CPI leader K Ramakrishna, the Andhra Pradesh Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Ramesh Kumar asked district collectors to look into allegations of government employees soliciting electoral advantage while distributing government benefits.
The State unit of CPI complained to the SEC that in many instances the contestants & supporters of the ruling party were handing over Govt benefits such as Rs 1000/- per family as Corona relief along with volunteers and soliciting support and taking undue advantage for electoral gains.
The matter has been examined by the Commission, which pointed out that the scheme of distribution of benefits per se was not violative being a new scheme. The SEC, however, said that a ban on campaigning continues in the interregnum period and if the above instances are found true, the same will tantamount to campaigning which was not permissible.
The above facts may be kept in mind and reports be obtained and submitted regarding such alleged breach, the SEC order said.
Further care and caution may be exercised by all the concerned authorities not to give rise to such violations to take place through proper supervision, the SEC asked the Collectors.
The SEC also enclosed some media reports in this regard.
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