Party alleges ‘deliberate’ misplacement of ZPM-Cong candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar’s name in list of candidates displayed at various booths in Lunglei district on poll day
Aizawl: The legal cell of opposition Congress has lodged FIR over the alleged “deliberate” misplacement of Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) and Congress joint candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar’s name in list of candidates displayed at various polling stations in Lunglei district the day polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat was held in the state, party sources said on Tuesday.
Mizoram went to the polls on April 11.
Congress legal department chairman James Thanghmingmawia told EastMojo that the FIR was lodged at Lunglei police station on Monday.
He said that the inaction of the Election Commission against the complaint lodged with state Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra on April 18 has prompted them to file the FIR.
The Congress leader expressed disappointment over the alleged misplacement of their candidate in the candidates list, which were displayed at some polling stations on polling day to the confusion of voters.
The Congress in its FIR alleged 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.
“We have learnt that many voters mostly those who could not read Mizo language had mistakenly casted their votes in favour of other candidates instead of Hmar, who was an independent candidate backed by ZPM and Congress,” Congress said in the FIR.
The party alleged that the candidates list was prepared with the knowledge of Aizawl district deputy commissioner Vanlalngaihsaka, who was the returning officer of the Lok Sabha poll and Lunglei district deputy commissioner and assistant returning officer K. Lalrinzuali to confuse and misguide the voters.
It demanded the law enforcement agency to take legal action against the duo.
The ZPM and Congress had earlier filed complaint to the CEO on polling day and later on April 18 asking the poll panel to look into the matter and take legal action against Vanlalngaihsaka.
They alleged that the mistake in the candidate list was deliberately committed under the RO’s authority and were displayed in area where illiterate voters usually cast their votes on the basis of serial number of candidates in the EVMs.
Thanghmingmawia alleged that the election officials were tight-lipped on the case.
State join CEO H. Lianzela had said that they could not comply with the complaints because the Lunglei unit of ZPM-Congress had withdrawn their complaint on the very polling day after being told that the mistaken candidates list were rectified and replaced.