PDF candidate file complain against PN Syiem for allegedly distributing money to induce voters

SHILLONG, Mar 1: People’s Democratic Front (PDF) candidate from Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah constituency, James Ban Basaiawmoit on Friday complaint against National People’s Party (NPP) candidate Pynshngain N Syiem for allegedly distributing money on the eve of ther district council polls.

In the letter to the Returning Officer of the Mawkhar-Pynthorumkhrah constituency, Basaiawmoit alleged that on the night of February 26, two persons acting on the instruction of Syiem, his election agent and/or his canvassers were caught distributing money to the voters to unduly induce them to vote for the NPP candidate.

Basaiawmoit also in the letter informed that the NPP candidate provided Rs 80,000 forpolling agents and volunteers for one polling station as clarified by Syiem himself in the media.

‘There are 28 polling stations in the constituency amounting to a total of Rs 22.40 lakh which exceeds the expenditure limit of Rs 5 lakh,” the PDF candidate alleged.

Basaiawmoit urged the Returning Officer to take action against Syiem for violation of Rule 176 expenditure, 193(1) Bribery, Rule 3(2) – under influence and Rule 194(1) and (2) and Rule 195(1) of the Assam Meghalaya Autonomous District (constitution of District Council) Rules, 1952 (as amended).

It may be noted that two NPP supporters were picked up by police following an FIR filed by the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM).

The two were apprehended by the people from Wahingdoh while they were allegedly trying to distribute money on February 26.

When asked, Syiem who admitted that the two persons are supporters of the party however said, “They had gone there not with my knowledge nor have I instructed them.”

On the claims that papers indicating the payment being made were also seized from their possession, the former KHADC chief however said during elections, such allegations are expected to happen but without evidence, there is not truth in it.

Meanwhile, Syiem said that he has not got any official communication from the election authorities on this regard.

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