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AITC candidate demands re-polling



Dimapur, February 15 (MExN): The Candidate of All India Trinamool Congress D.P. Panme has demanded re-polling in 52-Tamei (ST) Assembly Constituency. Claiming that the electors of the constituency has faced the most shameful and embarrassing situation regarding the photos taken at the polling station on polling day, January 28 under 52-Tamei (ST) A.C.
Panme in a press statement stated: “…the photos were compared with the Electoral Roll today, the 12th February, 2012 by the Election Commission. Many young girls were found to have voted for men (old men), boys and girls below 18 years old voted for the elderly persons  and, women for men and vice versa.”
He also went on saying that one individual voted many times in place of different persons. “How can one expect to get the genuine leader elected if we practice such illegal voting exercises? Before photography was introduced, a few individuals or village authority members used to exercise proxy votings at the dictate of anti-social elements or some leaders with vested interest. This process of taking photographs this time has revealed the reality of the people who used to elect their leaders by proxy voters in the past,” he lamented.
The candidate also informed in the note that Naga People’s Front has lodged a complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner, Govt. of India for re-polling at 43 polling stations and Trinamool Congress has also lodged a complaint for re-polling at 28 polling stations of 52-Tamei (ST) A.C.
“If re-poll is not held at these polling stations, the people will not be able to get genuine leader elected by the genuine voters. However, anti-social elements couldn’t do much in the last poll conducted on 28th January, 2012 and adjourned poll on 4th February, 2012, as the people did not allow themselves to be directed or to be coerced by those elements. The polling officials should be penalized for allowing rampant proxy voting and impersonation at it is a gross dereliction duties as polling officials,” he stated.

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