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Nagaland deputy chief minister Y Patton at a polling station in Wokha
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Nagaland deputy CM’s constituency to undergo re-polling today

Election Commission’s order came after a video showed Y Patton entering a poll booth in Wokha and ‘voting multiple times in full view of camera’ as alleged by state Cong

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: Following a complaint filed by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) against deputy chief minister Y Patton for violating the model code of conduct (MCC) and a subsequent order by the Election Commission of India (ECI), re-polling will take place at the Riphyim Old-III polling station under Tyui Assembly constituency in Wokha district on April 25.

The ECI had ordered fresh poll in the constituency "after taking all material circumstances into account”.

The NPCC filed a complaint to the Nagaland CEO on the day of polling in the state during the first phase of elections on April 11 after a video circulated on social media in which the the deputy CM was seen entering a polling booth, wearing a scarf bearing BJP’s name and its lotus symbol and handing over several electoral photo ID cards.

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The NPCC filed an FIR the next day on April 12 at Wokha police station accusing Patton of "entering the polling station wearing a political party's scarf, and criminal conduct of impersonation and forgery by indulging in proxy voting" and further demanded for a re-poll.

Here’s the video:

However, recommendations for re-poll to the Election Commission was ruled out on April 12, after the returning officer and election commissioner, M Patton, denied a re-poll stating that there were "no discrepancies" found after "the report of the presiding officer and sector magistrate" was observed.

The NPCC, in a press release on Tuesday, stated that the ECI's order for a re-poll in Patton's home constituency "vindicates the stand of the NPCC that deputy chief minister Y Patton had violated the model code of conduct and also committed criminal offence of voting multiple times in full view of camera".

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"Since the state returning officer as well as the DC and ARO of Wokha had gave clean chit to Y Patton’s wrongdoings, the NPCC had lodged an FIR at Wokha police station against his misdeeds and the complicity of polling officials in this entire episode,” the statement read.

The statement further accused Patton of having "no moral authority to remain in office after having lowered the dignity of the office he occupies" and demanded for his resignation.

Voting for the only Lok Sabha seat and the by-poll for Aonglengden constituency was held in the state on April 11.