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NPCC petitions Governor, seeks probe into CEO issuing less polling agent forms

DIMAPUR, JUN 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/26/2019 11:53:39 AM IST

Alleging that its candidate was given lesser number of polling agent forms by chief electoral officer (CEO) during the recently-held election to State’s lone Parliamentary constituency, Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has petitioned governor PB Acharya seeking an impartial probe into the matter.

In a memorandum to the governor on Wednesday, NPCC working president Khriedi Theünuo alleged that though there were 2,227 polling stations in the State during the election, Congress candidate KL Chishi was issued only 3,500 polling agent forms though about 4,600 such forms were required for appointment of two polling agents in each polling station.

In this connection, the NPCC working president said the party had written to Election Commission of India (ECI) on April 5 “seeking clarification whether printing of polling agent forms by a candidate comes under the candidate’s election expenditure and reasons thereof” as the party’s candidate was issued lesser number of forms, adding its candidate had to print the forms from private printing press at his own expenses to meet the requirement.

According to the memorandum, the CEO had replied that the expenditure incurred by the candidate or political party on printing of forms for appointment of polling agent, if any, would be included in the account of election expenditure. 

Theünuo, however, claimed that the reply received under Right to Information (RTI) Act revealed that the CEO had shown favouritism while issuing surplus polling agent forms as 10,306 forms were issued to NDPP candidate, 4,020 to NPP candidate and 400 to the Independent candidate.

Under the circumstances, NPCC demanded that the governor should direct setting up of an impartial inquiry committee to dig out the facts and circumstances leading to the “dereliction of duty” by the CEO while issuing less polling agent forms to its candidate, whereas surplus forms were issued to other political parties’ candidates.

It demanded to know as to why the CEO was letting its candidate incur expenditure on printing of additional polling agent forms and including the same in the account of his election expenditure.

NPCC also demanded that the probe report and the action taken report should be made known to all within one month from the date of submission of the memorandum.


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