The instructions of the Election Commission of India (ECI) are strictly followed in Yedurumondi, Elechetla Dibba and Nachugunta island villages. The political parties are extending support to the sarpanch candidates, but the contestants were seen campaigning only on their symbols, leaving the party flags aside.
Candidates along with their family members and followers were seen busy in convincing the voters on the last day for electioneering, for the third phase of Panchayat elections to be held on July 31, to vote for them.
Villagers, who are in fray for sarpanch and the ward member seats, mostly depended on the symbols like ring, bat, bed and others allotted by the State Election Commission and on personal contacts. The contestants walked door-to-door and appealed to everyone to vote in their favour.
Krishna District Superintendent of Police J. Prabhakara Rao, who visited the island villages, appealed to the voters of inaccessible villages to cooperate with the election officials for smooth conduct of polls. Avanigadda Deputy Superintendent of Police K. Hari Rajendra Babu said that the police held `grama sabhas’ in sensitive and hypersensitive villages to ensure peaceful polling.
Additional forces, special striking forces and mobile police parties were requisitioned in the district. Stern action would be taken against those who violate the law, said Mr. Prabhakara Rao.