Nagaland: Dy CM alleged of violating MCC; re-polling in Riphyim booth likely

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KOHIMA | April 23, 2019:

The Election Commission of India (ECI) will likely order for re-polling at polling station no. 31 Riphyim Old-III under 37 Tyui Assembly constituency (AC) in Wokha district following complaints of alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct by Deputy Chief Minister, Y Patton on April 11.

Informing this, Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer, Abhijit Sinha told The Northeast Today (TNT) that the ECI is contemplating to conduct re-poll in Riphyim Old-III polling station.

"The matter is under contemplation as we are yet to receive a final decision on the matter from the ECI," Sinha said.

It may be mentioned that the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) on April 11 had lodged a complaint with the CEO alleging violation of model of conduct by deputy chief minister Y Patton and demanded re-poll at the polling station.

NPCC claimed that Patton was caught on camera entering the polling station with seven to eight voter slips and proceeding to cast votes on EVM during the first phase of the Lok Sabha polls in Nagaland on April 11.

On April 14, the Congress filed an FIR against the Dy CM atWokha Police station.

Meanwhile, it was informed that the CEO also received a complaint on the matter from the AICC.  

"The Dy Chief Minister committed criminal offence of votingmultiple times in full view of camera… He has no moral authority to remain inoffice after having lowered the dignity of the office he occupies and fordisgracing the people of Nagaland by his shameful conduct," a statement issuedby NPCC on Tuesday read.

Furthermore, the NPCC has asked Patton to step down from office immediately while demanding strong action to be taken against 'erring' poll officials "who not only failed to perform their duties but rather abetted the Dy CM in his shameful and criminal conduct."