VIJAYAWADA: Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal on Friday directed the district collector to ensure compliance of rules in the conduct of the elections to the graduate constituency by asking the voters to indicate their preference with violet ink pen against the name of the contestant.
The CEO , over a video conference, explained the procedure involved in the conduct of election. He told them to ensure that no voter, except indicating preference number against the contestant’s name, is allowed to write anything on the ballot paper.
If any other mark, or any writing is found on the ballot paper, it would be declared invalid, the chief electoral officer told the collector.
He said that polling would be held on March 22 from 8 am to 4 pm and voters should be made aware of it. Though there is no ceiling on money a candidate can spend in the election, yet offering inducements to voters is punishable under IPC.
The officials should ensure that no liquor supply is allowed 48 hours prior to the day of polling and those who are not voters and union leaders should not be in the districts where the elections are taking place. He wanted at least two to three voting compartments be set up for speeding up the process of election.