Village dorbar claims illegalities during polls

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, March 06: A village dorbar in East Jaintia Hills District has lodged a complaint against a group of government employees while claiming that they had indulged in illegal activities during the just concluded Assembly elections in a bid to influence voters.
The executive committee of Sutnga village has submitted the complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) FR Kharkongor, the District deputy commissioner and also filed an FIR with the Khliehriat Police Station for necessary action against the accused persons on Tuesday.

The government officials mainly from the PWD department named in the complaint include an SDO Monlister Pdang alias Memon Pdang, SA Phrawa-O Lamurong, a junior engineer James Slywell Dkhar, LDA Sawan Nongtdu, staff of DC office Fullman Supooh and others.
According to the complaint, these government officials were involved in illegal activities on February 26, a day before the polling, at Sutnga village.
The headman of the village said that they came to the village in a Gypsy and carried along with them guns, sharp weapons, liquor and cash with an aim to threaten voters. He alleged that they are supporters of the Congress MLA Shitlang Pale, who was re-elected recently.
In the complaint, the village dorbar said, “All the above noted persons are officers and employees of the Government of Meghalaya, however they have been red-handedly caught in distributing money in favour of a contesting candidate.”
The village has demanded action against all the government officials citing that their act and commission come within the well define meaning of the electoral offences under the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
“Not only that they have also violated the disciplinary and conduct rules of the government servants, hence they should be suspended immediately and departmental proceeding should be initiated against them and further unearth the truth in whose command or in which candidature’s favour they were distributing the money and thereafter take appropriate action in accordance with law,” the village dorbar stated in the complaint.


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