Don’t press for unanimous panchayats: Nagi Reddy tells parties

Hyderabad: State Election Commissioner V Nagi Reddy today said election observers have been appointed for all districts to closely monitor the elections, process and campaign for the village panchayats in all the districts in Telangana from January 21 to 30. The political parties should not press for unanimous victory of the panchayats and avoid the elections, Nagi Reddy said.

Talking to mediapersons here after reviewing the arrangements for the polls, Nagi Reddy said the observers will take a look at the poll process, political activities and expenditure. Any violation will be dealt with seriously with regard to poll-related expenditure, he warned. The election observers’ decision on the poll related issues will be final and every political party must abide by norms of poll code in the State.

The Election Commission has asked for continuing the ongoing development works as there was no ban on them, Nagi Reddy clarified. The old schemes will continue in the State and the GHMC and the Corporations limits are free from poll code during the panchayat polls. Elections will be conducted in a fair and peaceful manner. Gas distributors and ration dealers can also contest the panchayat polls, he added.