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Vandalism mars NPCC polls, miscreants pelt stone; vandalise booth

Before the incident: veteran Congress leader, Dr. S. C. Jamir, former NPCC president K.V.Pusa and ex-CM K. L. Chishi queue to cast votes outside the Congress Bhavan. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 17 (NPN):
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Published on 18 Sep. 2010 12:43 AM IST
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Voting process to the posts of president, vice president and treasurer for Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) was disrupted Friday when miscreants damaged the three ballot boxes forcing AICC Observer to reschedule the re-poll on September 20 (Monday) from 10 am to 1.00 p.m. at the Congress Bhavan here.
The trouble started at around 11.20 am while the polling was on at the Congress Bhavan hall, Kohima when miscreants started pelting stones at the Congress Bhavan from various locations. The incident disrupted the polling when 35 ballots had already been cast.
Then, miscreants numbering around four to five, stormed inside the polling station and damaged the ballot boxes - for president, vice president and treasurer, which had been kept separately. However, polling officials inside were left unharmed.
The AICC had deputed Pradesh Returning Officer (PRO) incharge of Nagaland H K Patil and assisted by Pronay Rabha, member Nagaland Pradesh Election Authority to oversee the entire process of the conduct of election.
Current NPCC president I. Imkong and S. I. Jamir both legislators, are in the fray for the post of the NPCC president. Ten candidates are also in the race for the six posts of vice president while two are vying for the post of treasurer.
Talking to this Correspondent, NPCC general secretary (administration) Medokhul Sophie said that the PRO incharge of Nagaland H K Patil had a series of consultation with the AICC in New Delhi, both presidential candidates- I. Imkong and S.I Jamir, CLP leader Tokheho Yepthomi, senior party leaders- Dr. S. C. Jamir and K. L. Chishi, both former chief ministers and announced the new date for re-poll on September 20.
Alleged culprits identified
S.I Jamir’s camp has vehemently condemned the “unwarranted actions” of the supporters of I. Imkong for the incident that took place at the Congress Bhavan Kohima, Friday.
Issuing a statement on behalf of 53 members who support S.I Jamir, Congress legislator C. Apok Jamir, MLA Friday identified the four persons who damaged the ballot boxes as- Aba Kuotsu, GB Jail Colony Kohima Town; Dr. Sadikuolie Khezie, president ACCC 10th Northern Angami-I; Rokuoniesa from L. Khel Kohima village and Neisakuolie Belho, T. Khel Kohima village. Apok alleged these four supporters of I. Imkong from Z. Obed and Seyiekuolie’s constituencies forced themselves inside the polling booths and destroyed the ballot boxes and papers after 36 votes were cast out of 80.
Terming the incident as “unfortunate,” Apok said their actions have shamed the entire Nagas in general and the Congress party in particular. He said such “barbaric action” would not be tolerated by the Congress Party, which espoused non-violence. The 50 members supporting S. I. Jamir at a meeting have urged the president DCC Kohima to immediately suspend those identified from the party and proceed for necessary disciplinary action against the culprits. Jamir’s supporters said an FIR has been lodged in this regard. They also disclosed that the Congress party would move for a disciplinary action against the conspiring leaders.
Imkong condemns
Current president I. Imkong has condemned the acts of unidentified miscreants during the election of Congress party on Friday in Kohima.
Addressing a hurriedly convened press meet in the evening, Imkong said he was deeply disturbed by the acts of the unidentified miscreants who damaged ballot boxes while the election was going on peacefully.
Stating that he was taken aback, Imkong described the act as highly condemnable and something that had never happened in the history of NPCC elections. He also expressed unhappiness with the re-poll date and felt that the date should be extended further.
Imkong said that according to information, the unidentified miscreants could be some party workers that needed to be investigated. Further, he revealed that he would be meeting with CLP leader Tokheho at MLA Hostel on Saturday to discuss the matter and the course of action to be taken.
Imkong was confident of winning the post of president NPCC.

 
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