Kohima, November 03 (NEx): The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) withdraws its earlier demand for a re-poll at Jakhama Town, polling station – 12.
The NDPP in a letter to the Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Kohima stated that the decision to withdraw on its earlier demand for a re-poll is in view of the request received from the public and in greater interest of public harmony and peaceful conduct of election in all other parts of 14 Southern Angami – 1 constituency.
However, the NDPP stand firm on its demand for action against the persons involved in taking video recording of the incident and making it go viral on social media. Further, the party appealed to the DEO Kohima to book the culprits and punish under relevant cyber laws at the earliest.
Earlier today, the NDPP lodged a complaint to the Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Kohima demanding that re-poll be declared at Jakhama Town – 1 polling station 12, stating that the normal electioneering process is not being allowed to proceed.
The NDPP in their complaint to the DEO Kohima alleged that the NPF party functionaries are not allowing genuine voters of Jakhama- 1 polling station 12 to enter the perimeter of the polling station to caste their vote by forcefully restricting them at the National Highway. It also mentioned that hundreds of voters were threatened and intimidated and disallowed to cast their votes.
The party said that the senior party leaders and elected representatives of the NDPP on receiving the information arrived at the said location to assess the situation and meet with the designated magistrates in-charge. However, the supporters and workers of the NPF party forcefully evicted the NDPP leaders, hurling verbal abuses at them even though the leaders were well outside the perimeter of the polling station, it alleged.
While the NDPP claimed that their leaders had not done anything to incite or create a situation, it alleged that the NPF supporters had illegally made video recordings which have been made to go viral and at the same time verbally abused and evicted the leaders of NDPP.
Following this incident, the NDPP earlier demanded that re-poll be declared at the particular polling station since normal electioneering process is not being allowed to proceed, but later it was withdrawn. The party also demanded that the person who has illegally video recorded be booked under relevant cyber laws and necessary actions initiated against those persons.