HYDERABAD: The Election Commission of India (ECI) banned all social media campaigns for the Munugode Assembly constituency on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other digital channels from Tuesday evening.
After visiting Munugode constituency, Chief Electoral Officer Vikas Raj stated that mass SMS and automated vote campaigns were banned and any political leader or party found violating the model code will be dealt with strictly in accordance with the law. Furthermore, anyone who does not have the right to vote in the constituency has been ordered to leave by 6pm on Tuesday.
Briefing the media about the village polling arrangements, Vikas Raj said that 45 police teams and 37 revenue teams have been deployed to keep outsiders out of the constituency. The teams will visit the villages on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to ensure that no cash or other incentives are distributed to influence voters.
The Chief Electoral Officer assessed the facilities provided at the polling stations during a review meeting with the District Electoral Officers to ensure smooth conduct of the elections. He also went to the polling stations of Chandur AMC, Kotayagudem, Nalgonda collectorate, Arjalabavi counting center and the collectorate management control room.
He held a review meeting with the District Electoral Officer (DEO) T. Vinay Krishna Reddy and assessed the facilities provided at the distribution centre, polling centers and how the deployment of police force has been organized and asked about what other activities need to be done to ensure smooth conduct of a poll.
Meanwhile, in Chandur, Returning Officer Rohit Singh said 45 police teams, 14 civil administrative teams swung into action to conduct polling. “We have also identified the pockets where outsiders camped for the by-election campaign and we will send them away,” he explained. All initiatives were taken step-by-step for smooth conduct of polling, he said.