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Panel urged to stop win claims by parties

Published: 26th July 2013 09:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2013 09:30 AM   |  A+A-

With every political party claiming it had bagged the maximum number of village panchayats, the state election commission (SEC) is receiving complaints that such claims are a violation of the model code of conduct.

Complaints received by the commission contended that claims of victory in panchayat elections by political parties are against the apolitical spirit contemplated under Article 243 K of the Constitution and section 200 and 210 of the AP PR Act, 1994.

After the first phase of elections on July 23, political parties made a mockery of the SEC guidelines and the Constitution, the complainant said, adding he was sorry that the SEC had remained a mute spectator to the claims and counter-claims of the political parties.

The complainant requested the SEC to issue directions to all political parties not to make any claims over the results of panchayat elections proposed to be held in the next two phases.

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