SEC Cancels Polls for 2 Maharashtra Villages for Auctioning Posts

SEC ordered the police to register a case under section 171 (C) of the Indian Penal Code or other laws

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 Voters stand in a queue as they wait to cast their votes at a polling station for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Photo used for representative purposes.

Gram Panchayat polls have been called off by the State Election Commission (SEC) in Nashik and Nandurbar districts of Maharashtra, for allegedly auctioning the posts of sarpanch and local governing body members, reported PTI. The polls were to be held on Friday, 15 January.

The police has been ordered by the SEC to register a case under section 171 (C) of the Indian Penal Code or other laws, said the official statement, announcing the cancelation of polls on Wednesday, 13 January, reported PTI.

“The commission took the decision of cancelling the poll process there, after studying the reports from district collectors, poll observers, sub-divisional officers, tehsildars, documents and video tapes,” said the statement. 

The SEC received complaints about the sarpanch and members from Gram Panchayats in Umrane, Nashik and Khondamali, Nandurbar districts, reported PTI.

(With inputs from PTI)

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