Dimapur, May 2: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has demanded detailed clarification from the Election Commission of India on printing of additional polling agent forms by INC candidate to be included in the account of election expenditure and reasons thereof.
In a representation to the Chief Election Commissioner of India through the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, the NPCC said it had earlier a letter on 5.4.2019 to the ECI on the subject “seeking clarification whether printing of Polling Agent Forms by candidate comes under candidate’s election expenditure and reasons thereof” and the reply was given by the Chief Electoral Officer office, Nagaland stating that “the expenditure incurred by the candidate or political party on printing of forms for appointment of polling agent, if any shall be included in the account of election expenditure.”
The NPCC stated that there are 2227 polling stations to the Lok Sabha Election, 2019 in the Nagaland Parliamentary Constituency and about 4600 polling agent forms are required by each contesting candidate for appointment of two polling agents in each polling station.
The party said the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland had issued 3500 of polling agent forms on 26.03.2019 to the Election Agent of Indian National Congress (INC) candidate, a shortfall of 1100 of polling agent forms. It informed that the INC candidate had to print additional polling agent forms by incurring an expenditure of Rs 1300 against the shortage of polling agent forms issued by the CEO office Nagaland.
In view of this, the NPCC demanded to know the reasons as to why INC candidate was issued shortage of polling agent forms by the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, and as to why the expenditure incurred for printing of additional polling agent forms by INC candidate should be included in the account of candidate’s election expenditure. (Page News Service)