No re-polling recommended in state: RO

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/12/2019 11:58:50 AM IST

Returning Officer (RO) M Patton Friday said that no re-polling was recommended for any polling station in 1-Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency. RO said scrutiny of Form 17A and other documents on only those polling stations that qualified for scrutiny at RO level was done Friday along with two central observers in the presence of representatives from three political parties. 

With regard to complaint received from INC and NPF alleging multiple voting at PS No 31 Riphim Old III (37 Tyui A/C) and demanding re-polling, the RO said on going through the report of the presiding officer and sector magistrate, no discrepancies were observed.

RO said polling agents of both the political parties were present during scrutiny, but did not raise any issue/complaints of multiple voting at the particular polling station. 

According to RO, the DC and ARO Wokha also said that when he visited that particular polling in the first hour, he did not witness any person casting multiple votes at the polling station and there was no abnormality in the percentage of votes polled. RO also mentioned that there was no challenged/tendered vote. He said the entire voting was in a peaceful manner and there was no adverse or untoward incident. Since the allegation could not be substantiated by any documentary evidence/proof, RO therefore said that no re-poll was recommended.

Meanwhile, on the complaint about deputy CM wearing BJP scarf at the polling station in violation of the Model Code of Conduct, it was informed that police investigation was going on.

Further, RO said there were some complaints by some political functionaries on the polling day, but immediate actions were taken by the concerned Sector Magistrates. RO stated that there were no further complaints in this regard from any candidate or political parties. Since no discrepancies were found, therefore, it was disposed off, he added.

In five polling stations (PS)-- No 27 Bank Colony (Dimapur-I), No 57 Rangapahar Village (Dimapur-II), No 1 Nikhekhu (Ghaspani II), No 23 Yaongyimsen III (22 Arkakong) and No 9 Suruhuto town (33 Suruhuto), it was found that while the presiding officers had taken out mock poll VVPAT slips, they inadvertently failed to clear the mock poll from control unit. It was, therefore, requested that permission be given to count the VVPAT in place of control unit, for the five polling stations.


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