NPCC submits representation to ECI against BJP

NPCC submits representation to ECI against BJP

Kohima, September 24: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has sought the intervention of the Election Commission of India (ECI) to intervene into the proposal of BJP to paint its election symbol (Lotus) in polling stations across Nagaland.
In a representation to the ECI submitted through the Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland today, NPCC vice president Khriedi Theünuo apprised the ECI on the Nagaland BJP President office order dated September 18 stating that “In the interest of the Party as per the direction of the Central Headquarters, all the 12 BJP legislators are advised to direct their respective Mandal Presidents to paint the Patry symbol (Lotus) in all the polling stations, five each in every polling station, within their respective constituencies. This office order shall come into force with immediate effect and the same must be strictly complied before October 5, 2018”.
In this, the Theünuo said, “the election guidelines states that there should be no political party office within 200 meter of a polling station”.
In such case, he said the BJP Nagaland President issuing directive to the State BJP legislators to paint the party symbol in all polling stations, five each in every polling station within their respective constituencies is a clear violation of the election guideline.
IT also attracts the provision of election guidelines for defacement of public places, since most of the polling stations in the state are located in schools (government or aided) and other government or semi-government institutions.
Theünuo therefore urged upon the ECI to direct the State District Election Officers, who is responsible for the provision of polling stations and the publication of the list of polling stations to immediately act on the said directive and not to include polling stations which are painted of BJP symbol in the list of polling stations in the larger interest of conducting free and fair election. (Page News Service)