Highlighting various discrepancies in while conducting the Lok Sabha and by-election in Tuensang village ‘A’ under 54th Tuensang Sadar- II A/C at polling station No 9 on April 16, Head GB C/Khel -Sangkum Chang, Chairman Village Council C/Khel -N. Koma Chang, President Tuensang village Chongpho Citizens-Choba Chang, vice president, Tuensang village Chongpho Citizens- K. T Mongba, polling agents Aolen Chang and Lomong Chang in support of the fresh poll demanded by Congress Party of 54th Tuensang Sadar-IIA/C on April 18 have demanded for re-poll for both Lok Sabha and by-lection to Nagaland Legislative Assembly.
Reiterating to the demand made by the Congress party the signatories in a letter addressed to Chief Election Officer said the demand was unavoidable due to failure of election authority to take necessary action on the demand and stated that whole public of Tuensang Village `A’ (popularly known as Chongpho Khel) stood witness to how polling was conducted on the April 16.
The signatories stated that the authority had committed serious irregularity of procedures in conducting the polling at polling station number 9 and unless re-poll was declared at Polling Station No: 9 of 54 Tuensang Sadar- II A/C, irreparable damage to the candidates would be caused directly by election authority for their failure to conduct free and fair election.
The letter also stated that on April 16 the Congress party agents after the 474th vote was polled out of the total 1597 votes, made a written complaint to the presiding officer on the ground of favoritism and partiality of polling personnel. Thereafter, the polling agents of Congress party walked out and followed by polling agents of NPF party. The letter also stated that polling could not be continued and on inspection it was found that voting machine had already recorded 477 votes, while only 474 votes was marked in the electoral roll.
The signatories alleged that presiding officer gave a declaration that there would be re -poll which was also assured by the Election observer, who was present at the station and stated the presiding officer failed to obtain any signatures from the polling agents and did not furnish copies of Form No: 17C to polling agents as per the provision of Rule 49 S of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961.
According to the signatories, the presiding officer had written another petition dated: April 18 to the Returning Officer, Tuensang, for verification of Sector Report, where reportedly presiding officer had recommended for re- poll, but there was “no transparency and fair dealing from the authority”.
Role of Returning Officer, Tuensang, regarding demand for re- poll was “extremely doubtful and the public was making close observation”, the letter stated.
It also stated that no prejudice was caused to anyone by conducting re- poll under strict security, as it was the case in the successful conduct of re-poll on April 20 at Polling Station No: 8, under 54 Tuensang Sadar-II A/C.
Failure of the authority to act on genuine public demand for re-poll would invite public to take its own course of action and the authority would be held responsible for any problem that might arise out of the issue, the letter added.