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Polling Season: ZPTC & MPTC Polls in Andhra to be held on April 8

The Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission issued the notification for resumption of stalled poll process to the mandal and zilla parishad territorial constituencies. As per the notification, the election will be held on April 8 and counting of votes on April 10. The Commission saw hectic activity since when Nilam Sawhney assumed charge as the new State Election Commissioner.
 
She then held a meeting with Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das and followed it up with all district collectors and police officials on the poll preparedness. The SEC issued the notification for resuming the election process that was deferred on March 15 last year due to COVID-19 outbreak.
 
“The SEC convened meeting with senior officials and also held a video conference with Collectors and District Election Authorities and reviewed the preparedness for resumption of the election process of MPTCs and ZPTCs. The Commission, thoroughly satisfied with the inputs received from all officials, decided to resume the process,” the Commission said in a release.
 
It said the model code of conduct has come into immediate effect in all rural areas of the state.
 
The SEC, in fact, invited all recognised and registered political parties for a discussion today on the resumption of the poll process but it issued the notification ahead of the scheduled meeting. There are 9,696 MPTCs out of which 2,371 seats were won uncontested, with the ruling YSR Congress bagging 2,271 of them.
 
Meanwhile, Telugu Desam Party has decided to boycott the mandal and Zilla Parishad elections. Contending Nilam Sawhney’s appointment as the SEC, the TDP said that the notification was sent to parties on Thursday evening for a Friday morning meeting. They also questioned the new SEC’s legitimacy in conducting free and fair elections.
 
“Ruling party has made many of the MPTCs and ZPTCs unanimous. Now, the SEC gave a schedule for elections at the remaining places. She is acting as a puppet in the hands of the ruling party,” said TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu.
 
He added that the ruling YSRCP has indulged in all sorts of violations — used muscle and money power — to make elections unanimous. Candidates were threatened to withdraw their nominations by brute force. 

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