ECI ordering re-poll vindicates our stand: NPCC
Kohima, April 23: The Election Commission has ordered re-poll at Polling Station No 31 Riphyim Old-III under 37 Tyui Assembly Constituency on April 25.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer, N Moa Aier confirmed late Tuesday night that polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25 at PS 31, Riphyim Old-III under 37 Tyui A/C under Wokha District.
The Congress party in Nagaland had earlier lodged an official complaint demanding re-poll in the said polling station citing video evidence of Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton entering the polling station with several voters slip and casting multiple votes, as well as entering the PS wearing a BJP scarf.
Though the Election Department in Nagaland had given a clean chit to the Deputy Chief Minister and had not recommended re-poll in the polling station citing that the District Election Officer and the Presiding Officer had not lodged any complaint, the Election Commission has apparently differed and taken cognizance of the video evidences circulating in the social media.
Cong demands resignation of Dy CM
Meanwhile the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has claimed that the re-poll ordered by the Election Commission of India at Polling Station No 31 Riphyim Old-III under 37 Tyui Assembly constituency has vindicated its stand that the Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton violated Election Model Code of Conduct and also committed criminal offence of voting multiple times in full view of camera.
In a press release, the NPCC also demanded immediate resignation of the Deputy Chief Minister, claiming that he (Patton) has no moral authority to remain in office after having lowered the dignity of the office he occupies and for disgracing the people of Nagaland by his shameful conduct.
“He should resign immediately if he has any sense of responsibility left in him or else Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio should sack him immediately since PDA government never fails to proclaim its love & concern for our people and the state,” it said.
The NPCC stated that after the State Returning Officer as well as DC & ARO Wokha gave clean chit to Y Patton wrongdoings, it had lodged FIR at Wokha Police Station against the misdeeds of Y Patton and the complicity of polling officials in the entire episode.
The State Congress also appealed to “those village councils habituated in carrying out coup of polling stations” to restrain from such action or else the very foundation of democracy gets uprooted from the village level itself leading to formation of Government that simply doesn’t care about the plight of the people.
Expressing gratitude to the ECI, the NPCC also demanded strong action against erring officials who, it alleged, not only failed to perform their duties “but rather abetted Dy CM in his shameful & criminal conduct.” The NPCC said it will leave no stone unturned in taking matters to logical conclusion and ensure that justice is delivered. (Page News Service)