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Telangana collector suspended for poll norm breach

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

The (EC) on Saturday ordered suspension of the of Vikarabad, Telangana, for violation of election norms during the recently concluded Assembly polls in the state.

The poll panel asked the government to place under suspension for opening the seal of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) in the constituency even as the matter was pending in the

The suspension order of Jaleel, an (IAS) officer, has come after the lodged a complaint against him.

Jaleel, also the district election officer, allegedly opened the seal of 125 EVMs and VVPATs even as a petition filed by candidate Kumar, challenging the election of Rashtra Samithi (TRS) candidate M. Anand, was being heard by the court.

As per the EC norms, the seal of EVMs and VVPATs should not be removed in case of any litigation.

Anand defeated his nearest rival Prasad by 3,092 votes in elections held on December 7.

Meanwhile, the reiterated its demand that the EC conducts fresh elections in the constituency.

Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, Congress in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, said the breaking of seals strengthen their doubts that EVMs were tampered with.

The Congress claimed it found discrepancies in counting in at least eight constituencies as the votes secured by the candidates did not match the votes recorded in VVPAT.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:18 IST
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