Fact Check: No, 17-year-old boy has not been appointed polling officer for GHMC elections

A video telecasted by V6 Telugu claiming that Telangana Election Commission has appointed a 17-year-old boy as polling officer....

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  4 Dec 2020 6:19 AM GMT
Fact Check: No, 17-year-old boy has not been appointed polling officer for GHMC elections

Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections were held on December 1, 2020. Counting of votes in this keenly-fought election is underway today. Telangana State Election Commission (SEC) has set up counting centers at 30 places in the city.

A video telecasted by V6 Telugu claiming that Telangana Election Commission has appointed a 17-year-old boy as polling officer for elections is viral on the internet. (archive)

Fact check:

The claim that a 17-year-old student was appointed as a Polling officer in GHMC elections is FALSE.

Election Commission released a statement that the boy has been appointed to conduct webcasting. Only students with computer knowledge were recruited for webcasting and it had nothing to do with age.

However, the boy was sitting with other polling staff only to have lunch, but is not associated with the election duties.

https://www.ntvtelugu.com/post/telangana-election-commission-about-17-year-old-is-a-polling-officer-in-ghmc-elections-issue

https://www.v6velugu.com/17-year-old-boy-working-as-polling-officer-in-ghmc-elections-at-hyderabad/

https://tnews.media/national/%E0%B0%B0%E0%B0%BE%E0%B0%B7%E0%B1%8D%E0%B0%9F%E0%B1%8D%E0%B0%B0-%E0%B0%B5%E0%B0%BE%E0%B0%B0%E0%B1%8D%E0%B0%A4%E0%B0%B2%E0%B1%81-national/%E0%B0%86-%E0%B0%85%E0%B0%AC%E0%B1%8D%E0%B0%AC%E0%B0%BE%E0%B0%AF%E0%B0%BF-%E0%B0%8E%E0%B0%A8%E0%B1%8D%E0%B0%A8%E0%B0%BF%E0%B0%95%E0%B0%B2-%E0%B0%B5%E0%B0%BF%E0%B0%A7%E0%B1%81%E0%B0%B2%E0%B0%95/

Therefore, the claim that a 17-year-old boy was allotted duty of polling officer in GHMC elections is FALSE.


Claim Review:17-year-old boy has been appointed polling officer for GHMC elections
Claimed By:V6 Telugu News
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:V6 Telugu News
Claim Fact Check:False
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