DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 3: The NDPP has withdrawn its demand for re-poll at Jakhama Town-1 polling station-12 following public request.
Earlier in the day, the NDPP had demanded re-poll in the polling station alleging that normal electioneering process was not allowed in the polling station.
In a complaint to the DC & District Election Officer, Kohima, NDPP general secretary Banjamin Lorin alleged that “genuine voters of the polling station” were not allowed to enter the perimeter of the polling station by NPF functionaries to cast their votes by “forcefully restricting them” at the National Highway.
“Hundreds of voters were threatened and intimidated and disallowed to cast their votes,” he had alleged.
The complaint said on receiving information of the situation, senior party leaders and elected representatives of the NDPP arrived at the scene to assess the situation and meet the designated magistrates in charge. “However, the supporters and workers of the NPF party forcefully evicted the NDPP leaders, hurling verbal abuses at them even though the leaders were well outside the perimeter of the polling station,” it claimed.
“While our leaders had not done anything to incite or create a situation, the NPF supporters had illegally made video recordings which have been made to go viral and at the same time verbally abused and evicted the leaders. Such malafide actions against respected leaders and elected members of the Assembly are punishable offences especially the illegal videography.”
Withdrawing its complaint in another letter to the DC & DEO Kohima, NDPP general secretary Benjamin Lorin said, “As per the request received from the public, and in the greater interest public harmony and peaceful conduct of election in all other parts of the constituency, the NDPP hereby withdraws our demand for repoll at Jakhama Town-I, polling station 12.”
(Page News Service)