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Cong fumes over EC inaction

Kohima, May 6: The Congress has expressed dismay over the Election Commission’s lukewarm response over complaints of largescale poll malpractice by supporters of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) during the Lok Sabha elections in the state.

“The Nagaland PCC expresses its dismay over the fact that there was no independent observer from the Election Commission to supervise elections,” said Medokhul Sophie, general secretary (administration) of the PCC.

Today’s meeting was attending by several top party leaders, including PCC president S.I. Jamir.

The Congress today once again demanded repolling in booths that had recorded over 90 per cent voting. The party said the commission should also install CCTV cameras and depute independent observers for all these booths.

Nagaland recorded 88 per cent polling during the general elections this time. Most of the polling stations recorded over 95 per cent polling and some over 100 per cent.

The Congress has already submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, returning officer and chief electoral officer for remedial measures but so far they have remained silent. The party had also submitted videos, photographs, newspaper clippings and other evidences of alleged proxy voting and election malpractice.

“We demand that the webcast recording of polling be made public the guilty officials be punished,” the Congress general secretary said.

He felt that measures befitting the directions of the EC should be enforced forthwith to redeem the essence and ethos of voting rights and values for establishing a vibrant democratic nation.

The party also condemned the killings in the BTAD in Assam. “The Nagaland PCC condemns the heinous and senseless killing of people in Assam and appeals to all law-enforcing agencies to bring all the culprits to book,” Sophie said.

Senior members of the Nagaland Congress had earlier gone to meet AICC president Sonia Gandhi and brief her how the party had faced an abnormal polling condition in the state.