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MRO, three others suspended for alleged fudging of poll rolls

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Ineligible persons allegedly enrolled as voters for panchayat raj elections

HYDERABAD: Guntur Collector G. Jayalakshmi has placed under suspension four officials, including the Mandal Revenue Officer of Yedlapadu mandal, for allegedly enrolling ineligible persons as voters for the ensuing panchayat raj elections.

State Election Commission secretary G. N. Rao told reporters here on Wednesday that the commission had forwarded complaints lodged by three persons from Yedlapadu mandal on May 25. After a detailed enquiry, the Collector recommended the suspension of the four officials.

The axe fell on Yedlapadu MRO Radhakrishna Murthy and Senior Assistant P. Ramesh Kumar, who enrolled three ineligible persons in Jaladi village in the mandal. Deputy MRO of Phirangipuram, Sk Jeelani was also suspended for enrolling 38 ineligible persons in Salasa village. S. James Paul, Junior Assistant, Yedlapadu MRO office, included 20 ineligible persons in the voter list in Kondaveedu village leading to his suspension.

Collector's directive

According to a Guntur report, the Collector directed the Narsaraopet Revenue Divisional Officer Raghava Rao to inquire into TDP's complaints about deletion and additions in the voter list. He found prima facie evidence that names of school children were included.

Mr. Rao said the commission had listed out 15 documents with which a voter could establish his/her identity at the polling stations.

Establishing identity

These included the EPIC card, passport, driving licence, PAN card, identity cards issued by Central, State Government, public sector undertakings, local bodies or public limited companies.

Bank, kisan and post office pass books, student identity card, ration card, pattadar pass book, registered deeds, caste certificate issued by competent authority, pension document and railway identification card, freedom fighter identity card, arms licence and physically challenged certificate could also be produced.

ID numbers

He said the polling officials should write down the ID numbers of the EPIC or ration card on the counterfoil of the MPTC ballot paper.

The commission also clarified that the employees of Singareni Collieries Company Limited and the APSRTC except those working as managing agent, manager or secretary were eligible to contest the polls.


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