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CEO Nagaland warn against open declaration of support to candidate

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Dimapur, March 11: Following the announcement of the date for Lok Sabha polls and by-election to Aonglenden assembly constituency in the State, the Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland has warned against open declaration of support in favour of a particular candidate/political party by a village/ward/khel or community through public announcement and even through publication in electronic/print media etc.
The CEO stated that such open declaration violates provisions of Article 326 of the Constitution of India that grants Universal Adult Suffrage to every eligible Indian citizen; Rule 39 of The Conduct of Elections 1961 that directs to maintain secrecy of vote by electors and Section 135A of Representation of the People Act 1951 on ‘Offence of Booth Capturing’, which provides ‘Whoever commits an offence of booth capturing shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one year but which may extend to three years and with fine.’
The CEO reiterated that if any village or ward or community or group of people or media house is found violating or defying the said provisions in connection with any future elections, appropriate legal action shall be initiated against the violator (s) in the interest of free, fair, transparent election and administering social order.
(Page News Service)

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