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Patton denies poll code violation; Questions authenticity of video clip

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Dimapur, April 12: Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton has categorically denied violation of any electoral norms, rules and model code of conduct during Thursday’s poll at 31 Riphyim Old-III Polling Station as alleged.
A rejoinder issued by the Deputy CM’s office said, “It is emphatically and categorically denied that there is no violation of any electoral norms, rules and model code of conduct by Shri. Y. Patton as alleged by NPCC.”
Rather the rejoinder questioned the authenticity and the intent of the video clip. “The authenticity and the intent of the Video Clip purportedly showing Patton entering the Polling Station needs scrutiny and the cause of action and legal recourse arising out of the same is reserved.”
Clarifying that he has never indulged in any multiple voting but casted his legitimate vote alone and not as alleged by NPCC, Patton expressed his highest respect to the Constitutionally established Election Commissions and its electoral process and further assured cooperation to the competent authorities in any effort to find out the truth in this matter.
“Apart from the unauthentic and ill-intent Video Clip that went viral in social media, the polling process at 31 Riphyim Old-III was completely peaceful with no complaint whatsoever from anyone or any corner, as such, there is no reason that warrant re-polling as demanded by the NPCC,” the rejoinder said.
Patton also congratulated and thanked the Election Commissions and all polling personnel engaged in smooth and successful conduct of the Lok Sabha election in Nagaland. (Page News Service)

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