The Central Election Commission has taken the matter of changing the symbols in the Munugodu by-elections seriously. The EC has seriously considered changing the road roller symbol allotted to Yuga Tulsi Party candidate Siva Kumar.
What is the need for the Returning Officer to change the symbol using a power which he originally did not have? said EC. They expressed anger that the Returning Officer was negligent in the performance of his duties. The EC concluded that no information was given to the concerned candidate regarding the change of mark.
The EC has clarified that it is wrong to change the symbol by the Returning Officer using an authority that he does not have. Yuga Tulsi directed the State Election Commission to amend Form 7A by resuming the road roller symbol previously allotted to Sivakumar’s candidate. Directed to publish revised Form 7A immediately through Gazette Notification and send a report to EC.
The EC concluded that there were errors in the discharge of duty by the Returning Officer and that the guidelines were not followed in the matter of allotment of symbols. The EC directed the Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana to seek an explanation from the Returning Officer as to why the decision had to be taken to change the symbol.
It has been clarified in the order that the explanation should be submitted to the RVO Commission by 5 pm today. It seems that if a satisfactory answer is not given, the Returning Officer may be charged. In the wake of the Central Election Commission’s directives, the Yugatulsi Party candidate Sivakumar returned after midnight and amended Form 7A by allotting a road roller symbol. The ballot papers were also sent for printing along with publication in the gazette notification.