HYDERABAD: The Election Commission of India (hike) has directed the police to register a case of impersonation against Tandur municipal chairperson Thatikonda Swapna for allegedly casting a bogus vote during the recent MLC polls.
Sources in Telangana chief electoral office said that the Election Commission issued the orders based on the report submitted by the district collector.
The investigation found that Swapna resorted to fake voting in the Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad graduate member of legislative council elections on March 14.
Vikarabad collector Pausumi Basu, the returning officer in her inquiry report said that Swapna is not a registered elector. She said that Swapna had cast a vote of another woman who goes by the same name.
During the voter registration, Swapna failed to produce her degree certificate, stalling the registration process.
Opposition parties Congress and Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS), filed a complaint with the Telangana chief electoral officer Dr Shashank Goel regarding the impersonation issue.
Opposition parties demanded the resignation of Tandur municipal chairperson T Swapna. Repeated attempts to reach her failed and several phone calls and messages went unanswered.