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NPP asking voters to take picture of EVM while voting, alleges Cong

Shillong, Oct 29: The Congress on Friday alleged that NPP is asking voters to take photos of the EVMs while they vote on Saturday.

In a letter addressed to Returning Officer, Rajabala constituency, the President of the West Garo Hills District Congress Committee, Zenith Sangma alleged that NPP workers are telling the electors to take photograph of the EVM while pressing the button of NPP symbol to ascertain that they have voted in favour of the ruling party and after seeing the photograph they will be given money outside, after coming out of the voting hall.

Zenith said that the mobile phones or any such device which can take photograph may not be allowed while entering into the voting hall to cast their votes, to ensure free and fair election.

According to Zenith, the proposed modus operandi of the NPP to woo the voters will affect the conduct of free and fair election.

This very action of bribing the voters by taking advantage of the technology is another violation of model code of conduct,” he added.

Police predetermined 

Zenith said the action of the police in arresting a few people based on the FIR by NPP is predetermined.

According to the complaint lodged by the Congress, police are allegedly misusing relevant sections of law.

Zenith said the police, while acting on the FIR filed by the supporters of the NPP, has invoked stringent sections of the law while arresting a few people, who were named in the FIR. 

Zenith said the action of the police is indicative of predetermined motive so that they will be debarred from getting bail.

 “This very action of the police has created a vitiated environment causing fear psychosis which will affect the free and fair election. Therefore, on behalf of the party and as a responsible citizen, I would like to urge upon you to take necessary action to instill confidence and restore peace and thereby ensure free and fair election,” Zenith said in the letter.

 

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