District Election Officer and Collector G. Vanimohan on Thursday said surveillance teams would be constituted to check money power and the influence of liquor in the by-elections scheduled to be held in Narsapur and Polavaram (ST reserved) Assembly segments in West Godavari district.
The teams, comprising the officials from the police, Income Tax, Commercial Taxes, and Revenue Department, would keep a vigil on the political parties against distribution of money and liquor to voters as part of the Election Commission's endeavour to hold the election in a free and fair manner, Ms. Vani told the leaders of all parties at a meeting here.
She appealed to the personnel engaged in the electioneering to check impersonation with the help of photo Id cards given to the voters.
All the polling stations were equipped with the web cameras which would shoot the whole process of polling.
Narsapur Revenue Divisional Officer and Electoral Registration Officer J. Vasanta Rao said his office had been receiving complaints of missing of voters in the Narsapur Assembly segments. He said that the Booth Level Officers were asked to get into the veracity of such complaints by holding door-to-door enquiries. Karem Lenin of the BSP appealed to the District Election Authority to mask the statues of the leaders of all parties in the two Assembly segments as was done in Uttar Pradesh so as to help the voters not to get influenced by such images at the time of polling. Pali Prasad of the TDP urged the official machinery to make available the lists of voters to all the parties well before the polling date.
Joint Collector T. Baburao Naidu said a toll-free number (18004258848) was provided at the district Collectorate for receipt of complaints relating to the arrangements for the elections and the voter lists. The election officers would act on the merit of the complaints, he added.