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Local body election counting postponed in AP

Hyderabad, May 24 (UNI) The counting of votes for the recent elections to the Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and Mandal Prarishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) were postponed, Telangana State Election Commission said on Friday.
The decision has been taken on the request of political parties.

In a statement here on Friday, the state Election Commission said that the poll for 5,817 MPTCs and 538 ZPTCs were completed in three phases and the polling material, including the polled ballot boxes, are stored in the strong rooms located mostly in educational institutions such as schools, residential schools, Jr Colleges, degree colleges and engineering colleges.

In the references 1st, 2nd and 3rd cited above, various political parties represented for the postponement of counting scheduled on May 27 on the plea that a long gap of over 40 days between the date of counting and the date of indirect elections is likely to give a rise to opportunities for horse trading and other malpractices.

The essence of their representations is to leave as short a time period as possible between the direct and indirect elections. There is considerable truth in the representations, however, it's acceptance would be against public interest, since the academics of these institutions would suffer badly amongst others.

The Principal Secretary to Government, PR & RD Department in the reference 4th cited, proposed an alternative schedule for the counting on July 3.

The State Election Commission considers that there is a need to reduce the time gap between the counting of direct elections and the date of indirect elections. However, such an arrangement would require an amendment to the Telangana Panchayat Raj Act, 2018. A suitable proposal is sent to government in this regard.

In view of this, the State Election Commission decides to postpone the counting date from May 27 to another date to be notified shortly.

The Secretary, Education Department has to take necessary action so as not to affect the storage and security arrangements at the counting centers.

The DGP is advised to continue the security cover for the strong rooms till the counting is completed, the statement added.
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