East Godavari Collector and District Election Commissioner D. Muralidhar Reddy invalidated a vote Thursday after a voter took a selfie with his ballot in the voting booth and online it during the MPTC, ZPTC elections at the Pallamkurru polling station in East Godavari district had shared.
The young voter, identified as Kasi Venkata Ramana from the village of Pallamkurru, took the selfie before dropping the ballot in the ballot box. The photo showing his choice went viral after uploading it to online platforms.
In an official press release, Mr. Muralidhar Reddy said the vote cast by Mr. Venkata Ramana had been invalidated for violating the Model Code of Conduct under the Panchayat Raj Act 1994. One case was registered against the youth for violating the electoral guidelines.
Officials said the youth refused to take the photo of his ballot when questioned by the chairman.