Dimapur, June 26: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has demanded setting up of an impartial ‘enquiry committee’ to probe into what it alleged was the dereliction of duty by the office of the Chief Election Officer, Nagaland, in issuing shortage of Polling Agent Forms to INC candidate, whereas surplus forms were issued to other political party candidates in the recent Lok Sabha Elections, 2019 from Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency.
In a memorandum to the Governor of Nagaland, NPCC working president, Khriedi Theunuo said in the Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency having a total of 2227 polling stations, the office of the CEO Nagaland issued 3500 polling Agent Forms to the Indian National Congress (INC) candidate, though about 4600 of polling Agent Forms was required for appointment of 2 polling agents in each polling station.
The NPCC said it had written to Election Commission of India “seeking clarification whether printing of Polling Agent Forms by candidate comes under candidate’s election expenditure and reasons thereof” since the INC candidate was issued shortage of Polling Agent Forms and had to print the forms from private printing press at his own expenses to meet the requirement of the EC1. In reply, the CEO office stated that the expenditure incurred by the candidate or political party on printing of dorms for appointment of polling agent, if any, shall be included in the account of election expenditure, it said.
The NPCC claimed that information provided under Right to Information Act, 2005, showed that the CEO office Nagaland had shown favoritism in issuing surplus Polling Agents Forms to other political party candidates, as the forms issued to NDPP candidate was 10,306, NPP candidate was 4020 and Independent candidate was 400 in the recent Lok Sabha Election, 2019.
Seeking setting up of the inquiry committee, the NPCC also demanded to know as to why the CEO Nagaland office is letting the INC candidate to incur expenditure on printing of additional Polling Agent Forms and the expenditure to be included in the account of INC candidate election expenditure.
The memorandum demanded that the report of the inquiry committee and action taken on the matter be made known to all within one month from the date of submission of the memorandum to the Governor. (Page News Service)