Congress writes to ECI on election violence and proxy voting 

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 28 (MExN): The Indian National Congress has written to the Election Commission of India seeking action against the perpetrators of violence against the Congress candidate from Aonglenden, Toshipokba and his family members; and to order re-poll at Aonglenden Assembly Constituency and certain polling stations in Tizit. 

The Congress, in its letter, said that on the night of February 27, a mob of nearly 50 men broke into the house of Toshipokba, a contesting INC candidate from the Aolengden Constituency “with the intent to attack and grievously injure Toshipokba and his family members.” 

“In the process, the residence and vehicles belonging to Toshipokba were completely vandalised and there was grievous hurt inflicted upon the family members of the aforenamed person, which even included women,” it stated. 

The INC said that the attack is a clear attempt to circumvent the democratic principle of free and fair elections by threatening said person to withdraw his candidature from the contesting elections. 

A complaint by the candidate has been submitted to the Officer in Charge of Mokokchung Police Station apprising them of the said attack, the Congress informed. 

Meanwhile, the Congress also reported irregular pattern of voting reported by news agencies being cast in Assembly Constituency No. 26 – Aolengden “wherein the act of proxy voting i.e. extra votes being cast on behalf of other individuals was committed during the polling day.” 

It informed that the Chief Agent of the said Constituency for INC filed a complaint with the Returning Officer, Mokokchung regarding instances of proxy voting in Aolengden.

It further informed that the INC candidate from Tizit AC, Er. T Thomas Konyak had submitted a complaint to the District Election Officer and Deputy Commission against the votes being captured at Part 10 (Nokyan Village); Part 9 (Loakho Village); Part 4 (Nangtan Village); Part 18, 19, 20, 30 (Tizit Village) and alleged attempt to tamper EVMs of Part 7 (Jaboka Village); Part 28 (Old Jakoba Village); and Part 8 (Neitong Village).  However, no action has been initiated, the Congress said.