Poll notice to Nagaland village body

A Nagaland village council has been showcaused by the Mokokchung district administration for not reporting the alleged assault on a woman and excommunicating her along with three others for "not" voting for the candidate supported by the village in the Assembly polls.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 9.03.18
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Guwahati: A Nagaland village council has been showcaused by the Mokokchung district administration for not reporting the alleged assault on a woman and excommunicating her along with three others for "not" voting for the candidate supported by the village in the Assembly polls.

The showcause notice stated that on Monday a 58-year-old woman was allegedly beaten up. The incident took place at Changki village. Besides her, two women and a man were also excommunicated for 30 years.

Changki village council did not report the incident to the district administration, which the showcause notice marked as a "blatant violation" of the rule as directed by the Election Commission and a "blatant" mockery of free and fair elections.

The election results threw up a fractured house with NPF winning 26 seats, NDPP 18, BJP 12, NPP 2, JDU one and an Independent. The NDPP-BJP combine, with support of JDU and Independent MLAs, formed the government on Thursday.

The showcause has been issued by the deputy commissioner of Mokokchung, Sachin Jaiswal, to Changki village council chairman, its members and village head. The DC has asked all village council office-bearers to appear at his office on Thursday with the names of those involved and to explain why action should not be initiated against them.

The notice also said failure on part of the village council office-bearers to appear in the DC's office will lead to dissolution of the council under the village council act.