HYDERABAD: The State Election Commission has expressed unhappiness over the failure of its 60 teams of flying squads and 30 static surveillance teams in keeping a check on distribution of money and liquor among other tactics to influence the voters hours before the polling starts at 7 am on Tuesday.
“Even after the instructions issued by the election commission to effectively keep an eye on distribution of money and liquor, threatening and intimidation of candidates or their agents, the state election commission has received many such complaints from Sunday itself. It caused embarrassment to the election commission. Tonight is very crucial and there is every possibility for occurrence of electoral malpractices such as distribution of money, liquor, threatening, intimidation etc,” said a release from the State Election Commission.
Keeping this in view, the election commission has directed all the observers to keep vigil during Monday night to check such electoral malpractices and also activate the flying squads and static surveillance teams. “Violation of Model Code of Conduct or any electoral malpractice, if any, occurs, see that cases are booked against the delinquent(s) immediately and take action as per law and report to the concerned authorities as well as to the State Election Commission without delay. You are requested to respond to complaints quickly and take suitable action after due enquiries and furnish reports to SEC,” said the release.
The observers should ensure that, Model Code of Conduct is implemented in its true spirit and elections are conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner, the release added.