ANDHRA PRADESH

Opposition for ballot papers



Opposition seeks review of divisions’ delimitation and reservation

Pre-election work done to suit the ruling party, charges BJP



HYDERABAD: Save for the ruling Congress and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), all other political parties demanded review of divisions’ delimitation and reservation before conducting GHMC elections, here on Tuesday.

Talking to presspersons after a meeting convened by the State Election Commission (SEC), the Opposition parties also wanted ballot papers and boxes to be introduced once again since doubts about functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) had been raised with some organisations claiming that they can be manipulated.

However, in the same breath they also claimed to be against the postponement of polls. Telugu Desam leader K. Yerran Naidu observed that there was no “legal sanctity” to even draft notification of divisions’ delimitation and reserving divisions for SC/ST/BCs was “full of mistakes”.

“Pre-election work was done to suit the ruling party with no scientific rationale. The Chief Minister might as well go for nomination of councillors instead of holding an election,” he said. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) City President Ch. Ramachandra Reddy regretted that the State Election Commissioner A.V.S. Reddy had expressed his helplessness over either delimitation or errors in voters list besides quota decisions.

“He said he can’t do anything when we informed him about various irregularities,” he regretted and wondered why EVMs should be used when a voter had no clue about whom he was voting for. Former MLA N. Narasimha Reddy of TRS charged the Chief Minister with ‘bulldozing’ the Municipal Corporation for polls without bothering to look into deficiencies in the electoral process which began from taking 2001 census as the basis for delimiting divisions.

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