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Repoll in five Nagaland booths

Kohima, May 14: Repolling has been ordered in five polling stations at Lakhuti village under Sanis Assembly constituency in Wokha district tomorrow.

The Election Commission ordered repoll to the five polling stations, which went to polls on April 9. The polling stations are 39/10-Lakhuti-I, 39/11-Lakhuti-II, 39/13-Lakhuti-IV, 39/36-Lakhuti-VII and 39/37-Lakhuti-VIII.

The Election Commission has declared under Sub-section (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, that the poll taken on April 9 at the polling stations be void and has ordered for fresh poll.

Repoll was also conducted in two polling stations under Suruhoto Assembly constituency on May 10.

The Congress has demanded repoll in over 100 polling stations on account of wide-scale proxy voting and rigging by the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF). The Congress had submitted evidences of videos, photographs, newspaper clips, among others to the Election Commission.

Over 50 polling stations have recorded over 100 per cent while most of the polling stations recorded over 90 per cent. But the party had demanded repoll in all polling stations, which have recorded over 95 per cent turnout.

But the returning officer and Nagaland commissioner Temjen Toy said the elections were held in free and fair manner, which was totally rubbished by the Congress.

The commission has come under severe criticism from some quarters for wide-scale proxy voting and rigging.

Sources said most of the polling stations in the urban areas remained almost deserted and in the rural areas, NPF supporters allegedly indulged in largescale proxy voting. In chief minister Neiphiu Rio’s constituency, NPF supporters allegedly did not even allow Congress polling agents inside the booths.

Rio is the NPF candidate while K.V. Pusa is the Congress candidate. The Congress said if Rio won, he would be a proxy MP from Nagaland. “I don’t want to be a proxy MP,” said Pusa. He said if there was free and fair election, he would easily win the contest, but he accused the state government of using all available state machinery to defeat the Congress through undemocratic means.

The NPF leaders are expecting to win by a record margin this time.

Ajmal attends meet

AIUDF chief and Dhubri Lok Sabha candidate, Badruddin Ajmal, today inspected the training provided to agents in Dhubri to be deputed in counting halls on Friday. He attended the meeting of the party’s Dhubri district legal advisory committee, writes our Dhubri correspondent.


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