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Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Addresses Voter List Concerns Ahead of Elections

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Vijayawada– Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mukesh Kumar Meena provided crucial updates on the state’s electoral preparedness during a presentation to the Central Election Commission.

Meena reported that, in response to complaints from various political parties, approximately 5.64 lakh names out of the identified 14.48 lakh voters have been declared ineligible and subsequently removed from the voter list. The cleanup process also involved removing deceased voters and eliminating duplicate votes.

In a comprehensive review, Meena stated that complaints received until December 9 have been successfully addressed. Additionally, he assured that the 17,976 applications received after December 9 would be resolved within the next few days.

The CEO highlighted the proactive measures taken against fraudulent activities, particularly fake Form-7 filings. Cases have already been registered in Kakinada, Parchuru, and Guntur West. To uphold the integrity of the electoral process, Meena disclosed the suspension of Returning Officers (ROs) in Uravakonda and Proddutur constituencies, along with assistant ROs in Parchuru. Furthermore, one inspector and three Sub-Inspectors (SIs) faced suspension. Disciplinary action was initiated against 50 Booth Level Officers (BLOs).

Meena emphasized that the Election Commission’s instructions were diligently followed in monitoring transfers. The CEO, along with representatives from the police department and Central Police Force, discussed security measures at length. The meeting concluded with the issuance of various directives to ensure a secure and transparent electoral process, from the implementation of the Election Code to the conduct of elections.

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