NPCC demands action over alleged opening of sealed strong rooms in Churachandpur

Newmai News Network

Senapati | April 15

The Naga People’s Coordination Committee (NPCC) has demanded action against election officials alleging that sealed strong rooms was reportedly opened a day after the polling was held in Churachandpur.

The committee which was formed by the Naga people in Manipur in connection with the Lok Sabha election of 2019 has threatened to agitate from April 17 if its demands are not paid heed.

According to NPCC convener Ashinpou Gangmei, he said that the committee has earlier taken “strong exception to the opening of sealed Strong Rooms” in which the polled EVMs of Saikot 59 assembly constituency, Singhat 60 assembly constituency and Churachandpur 58 assembly constituency which were duly sealed at 2.30 pm of April 12 in the presence of all the representatives of political parties, were opened at 11:03 am, at 11:11 am and 11:46 am respectively of April 13 without following the procedure laid down by the Election Commission of India.

“Abjection was registered in written by the NPF representative present there and later by the NPF Election Agent,” he said. When the Strong Rooms were admittedly opened but without the consent of the NPF representative and knowledge of the candidates and were left opened the whole day, the sanctity of the entire electoral process has been violated, the NPCC Convenor added.

The committee then alleged that Election Observers and officials are supposed to strictly enforce the guidelines and code of conduct and are not authorised to open the Strong Rooms without following the guidelines.

Towards this end the Committee has demanded stringent actions against Shyam Lal Punia, ARO/DEO, Churachandpur and BK Singh, Observer i/c of Strong Rooms, Churachandpur.

“We also demand that the EVMs in the 3 opened strong rooms should not be included in the counting as they have been compromised. Further course of action will be initiated till justice is delivered. Any eventualities that arises there from will solely be the responsibility of the concerned authorities,” he added.