Monday, February 6, 2023

DC Wokha cautions on declaration of consensus candidates

Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Ajit Kumar Ranjan has informed all concern that, in view of the forthcoming General Election to the 14th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, it was brought to the notice of all concerned that declaration of village/area/range consensus candidates by various organisations/village council/range organisations was violative of various election related laws and offence under the Indian Penal Code.
Undue influence at elections including interference or any attempt to interfere with the free exercise of electoral right by any means such as threat of injury/restrain is an offence under Section 171 C, 339 and 340 of IPC. Under Section 125 of Representation of the People Act 1951, any attempt to promote enmity between classes in connection with elections on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language constitutes electoral offence and is also punishable under Section 153A, 153B, 295A and 505 (2) of IPC.
In this connection, all the public/Range Organisations/Village Councils have been asked to take due note of above provisions of law and refrain from declaration of village/area/range consensus candidates or any other activity that subverts free exercise of electoral right by any means such as threats of injury or wrongful confinement.
DC warned that any organisation/persons that violate the same shall be dealt with strictly under the applicable penal provisions of law. This was stated in a report issued by DIPR.

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