ANDHRA PRADESH

Action likely against RO of Banaganapalli constituency

Special Correspondent

KURNOOL: Returning Officer of Banaganapalli constituency Sambasivan is likely to face the action from the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the bungling.

According to reports, the Returning Officer failed to serve the orders on the staff of 27 polling stations drafting them for election duty. The Returning Officer tried to justify the lapse on the ground that his office had not received the orders in time. Collector Mukesh Kumar Meena, who reached the place at 11 p.m. on Wednesday night, started damage control by redeploying whatever staff was available, including the revenue and banking personnel. Most of them had no training in handling EVMs. The administration managed to pool the staff by 5 a.m. but could not transport them to all places on time.

The voters were aghast to know that the poll staff did not turn up. At some villages, the voters were not sure of polling being held.

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