Newmai News Network
Aizawl | April 18
Even after a week since polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram was held, the post poll tirades between the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) and two key opposition parties- Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and Congress party persist.
The ZPM and the Congress lodged fresh complaint with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), seeking prompt action against a Returning Officer of the Lok Sabha poll for his alleged “deliberate act” to defame the ZPM-Congress joint candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar.
In a letter to the CEO, ZPM and Congress said that the default list of contesting candidates were displayed in some polling stations till the last hour of polling day in Lunglei district, where Hmar, placed in serial number 5 in EVMs, was misplaced with an independent candidate at serial number 4. The letter was received by Joint CEO, H. Lianzela as the CEO was on leave. The candidate list was transparently displayed outside the polling stations for information to voters, they said.
“The Joint CEO and District Education Officer of Lunglei district had admitted that the names of candidates were misplaced in the list and that the presiding officer of Rangte and Dengsur under Thorang assembly constituency could not be contacted to rectify the mistake,” the latter signed by Lalhnehzauva, a political agent of Lalnghinglova Hmar said. The letter demanded action against Aizawl district deputy commissioner, Vanlalngaihsaka, who was the RO of Lok Sabha polls, alleging that under his authority such mistakes were committed in the area where “illiterate” voters were normally told to cast their votes on the basis of serial number of candidatures in the EVMs. The letter also accused the RO of filing FIR against Hmar before he received reply to the show cause notice served to the candidate (Hmar) over misprint of a party’s symbol in a local daily, where Hmar is the joint editor. It further alleged that the RO was responsible for leakage of a copy of the show cause notice served to Hmar.
Citing that leaking a photo copy of the show cause notice before the candidate receives the hard copy is against law, the letter demanded legal action against the RO. The letter also blamed the RO for including Hmar in his FIR, saying it was a direct violation of the Supreme Court ruling of March 11, 2013 which stated that the editor of a newspaper shall be responsible in any civil or criminal case filed against it for publishing offensive report. It alleged that there were hidden agendas behind that.