Dimapur, March 1: In a miracle that can happen only in Nagaland, a dead man was recorded to have cast his vote through the medium of postal ballot, apparently as he could not present himself in person at the polling booth to vote on polling day.
The miracle was revealed in a complaint letter against “illegally casted postal ballots” to the Chief Electoral officer (CEO) Nagaland by NDPP candidate from 8 Western Angami seat, Er Kevisekho Kruse on Thursday.
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According to Er Kruse, Aniko Kruse (E-Roll number 105) under 10 Thekrejuma village has already expired, but his vote was recorded through postal ballot.
In his complaint, Kruse alleged that 29 votes were illegally casted through postal ballots in his constituency. He claimed that all the 29 voters were not delegated for election duty and hence questioned their votes being cast through postal ballot. Besides out of the29, one is already expired.
Apart from the deceased who casted his vote through postal ballot, another person, Dularam (E-Roll number 557), a cowherd under 22 Peducha also casted his vote through postal ballot, the complaint alleged.
Kruse claimed the rest of the votes cast through postal ballot out of the 29 are genuine voters who are students and farmers. He said the “victimized voters” had at no point of time applied for postal ballots and therefore were illegally denied their fundamental duty as well as rights to exercise adult franchise.
Regretting that “many of the listed voters were not even allowed to cast tendered votes, Kruse quoting the Presiding Officer said, “The reason given by the Presiding Officer in all cases is that votes have been marked as casted through postal ballot”.
These evidences have created suspicion that there is foul play conducted by the officials from the election office in connivance with a political party with vested interest against NDPP candidate, he alleged.
Kruse demanded that the postal ballots casted be declared null and void and to give chance to let the listed genuine voters to cast their votes before declaration of the elections results on Saturday and also to take appropriate disciplinary actions against the erring officials as per the relevant provision of law.
Kruse further informed that he has already written a complaint letter to DC, who is also DEO Kohima, on “identified cases of false ballot papers.”
The NDPP candidate is locked in a triangular contest with NPF and NPP for the prestigious Western Angami Assembly Constituency under Kohima district. (Page News Service)