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"Conduct ZP chairperson poll within 3 days of ZPTC/MPTC poll

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Congress,TDP and other opposition parties in Friday urged the State Election Commission to hold election within three days after votes are counted in the ZPTC and polls.

State N Uttam Kumar Reddy, TDP's unit L Ramana and other leaders met state election commissioner and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

They said any long gap in counting of votes and declaration of results in ZPTC and polls and subsequent election of ZP Chairpersons and Mandal Praja Parishad (MPP) would lead to horse-trading and corrupt practices.

The Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) and Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) elections were held in three phases this month.

The counting of votes would be taken up on May 27.

Referring to the SEC's reported comments that ZP Chairpersons and MPP would be elected after July 5, the memorandum claimed the long gap would lead to horse-trading to the benefit of the ruling TRS.

"The has announced that counting for ZPTCs & MPTCs would be on 27 May 2019. You have also announced that ZPTCs would elect and MPTCs would elect MPP after 5th July," it said.

"The long gap of over 40 days would surely result in huge horse trading and buying/selling of ZPTCs and MPTCs, to the benefit of ruling TRS party," the memorandum said.

It requested that election of and MPPs be held within three days of ZPTC and MPTCs election counting to prevent horse-trading.

Alternatively, the counting of ZPTC and elections should be postponed to the first week of July. The election of ZP Chairpersons and MPPs can be scheduled three days later, according to the memorandum.

In either case, the elected ZP Chairpersons and MPPs can take charge on due date after July 5, it added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 19:41 IST