Warangal: Polling officials inside a polling booth in ward-19 of Jangaon town reported a youth to the police after he took a selfie on his mobile phone while casting his vote. Police arrested the accused and booked a case.
The accused has been identified as Sampath Kumar of Jangaon. He came to the polling booth to cast his vote as part of the municipal elections.
After completing the process of getting his finger inked and collecting the ballot paper he walked to the ballot box to cast his vote. However to the shock of polling officials inside the booth, Sampath pulled out his mobile phone and clicked a selfie. The officials immediately stopped him and took away his mobile phone. He was arrested under the Representation of People's Act for violating the secrecy of voting.
The usage of mobile phones within 100 metres of a polling booth is prohibited. Election authorities have asked voters not to carry mobile phones inside polling centers.
The Telangana State Election Commission had instructed the voters not to carry mobile phones inside the polling booths and taking selfies. inside the polling booths is against the State Election Commission norms.
Jangaon inspector D. Mallesh said that Sampath Kumar has been arrested and a case under section 188 IPC (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) has been registered against him....