Most polling officials failed to uphold model code of conduct, alleges Cong

DIMAPUR, APR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2019 12:05:52 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has alleged that most presiding and polling officers did not upheld the model code of conduct during the Lok Sabha election and Aonglenden by-poll held on Thursday.

In a statement, NPCC president K Therie said these officials were dictated by village councils and chieftains and allowed family heads to vote in many polling stations. In the name of families, proxy voting was allowed, he added.

Pointing out that voter slip and one identity card were required as per Election Commission guidelines, Therie alleged that most presiding and polling did not enforce it. He said there are also reports that even after clearly seeing ink mark on the finger, indicating that the person has voted, it was inked again and proxy voting allowed. According to him, proxy voters were also allowed to sign or affix thumb impression for other voters. Even different fingers were allowed to be used for thumb impression, he added. 

“Such officers on election duty are unfit to enforce election law. They are unlike officers in other States who strictly enforce election laws and are accountable and responsible for such failures,” he asserted.

Explaining that proxy voters indulge in impersonation and forgery, which violate the model code of conduct and is also a sin, the NPCC president said he condemns such “selfish and self-centred voters” who voted for bribes and other gratifications while using the word “development” to cover up their gratifications.

Meanwhile, Therie thanked all “conscience voters” of Nagaland, mentioning that it was conscience versus gratification vote + system failure. Stating that many had taken a courageous decision to defend “faith, Identity, culture, language, history and way of life”, he said their votes will go a long way to correct the wrongdoings.

Observing that genuine voter turnout was low but polling percentage was as high as 78.67%, Therie said this only goes to how that proxy voting was rampant. 

Violating model code of conduct, one person one vote norm and disregarding the appeal of churches forum for clean election, he alleged that many village councils and chieftains had indulged in proxy voting and voted in favour of NDPP+BJP combine in the name of development “obliging to gratification” and promises offered by the ruling coalition.


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