NPCC alleges violation of model code by Patton; demands re-poll in PS 31

DIMAPUR, APR 11 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/11/2019 12:48:42 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has lodged a complaint with Election Commission of India (ECI) and the State’s chief electoral officer (CEO) alleging violation of model of conduct by deputy chief minister Y Patton. The Congress has also demanded a re-poll at polling station (PS) no. 31 under 37 Tuyi Assembly Constituency in Wokha district.

NPCC communication cell, alleged that Patton violated all election norms at 31 Riphyim Old-III polling station under 37 Tyui Assembly constituency when he campaigned by openly displaying a BJP scarf, which was an illegal act on polling day. It also claimed that Patton was caught on camera entering polling station with seven to eight voter slips and proceeding to vote on EVM.

Condemning the “irresponsible” act and “blatant” violation by Patton, minister in-charge of home department, NPCC said such disregard and blatant violation of election rules by a home minister has brought disrepute to the office he holds.

NPCC also demanded that Election Commission and CEO take cognisance of the “shameful” act perpetrated by “none other than the deputy chief minister and home minister of Nagaland”.

It further expressed its belief that the Election Commission will uphold its constitutional sanctity by taking due action against Patton under relevant sections of the law. In doing so, NPCC hoped elected leaders will not set a precedence to abuse their positions and make a mockery of the entire democratic process.

Correspondent adds: Addressing a press conference, chief electoral officer (CEO) Abhijit Sinha confirmed that a complaint was received on the matter and informed that it will be scrutinised after receiving reports from the presiding officer, sector magistrate and comments of the district election officer (DEO) concerned. Sinha refused to make any comment on whether there will be re-poll or not at this stage.

On the deputy chief minister entering the polling station with BJP scarf, the CEO admitted that it was violation of model code of conduct and said the DEO will issue a notice in this regard.

He, however, clarified that the video clip being circulated in social media was not from the state election office.

On the request of NPCC for using additional lock in the strong room, Sinha said this was permissible.


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