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CADC elections: High Court stays ‘Congress win’ in Fultuli constituency

Yesterday, the Aizawl bench of Gauhati High Court  stayed the election in Fultuli seat in the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC) in southern Mizoram.

Announcing the development in a press conference in Aizawl on Wednesday, MNF senior vice president Tawnluia claimed that there was no specific reason behind the disqualification of the MNF candidate. He saw a ploy by Congress party to illegally grab power in the CADC.

“We filed the complaint to the Aizawl bench of the Guahati High Court and the court after observing the gravity of the situation instantly issued the stay order and put on hold election in the Fultuli constituency,” he told the reporters.

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Samir Tongchangya with his lawyers at Gauhati High Court, Aizawl Bench (Photo: By special arrangement)

The High Court decision came following a writ petition filed by the MNF candidate, Samir Tongchangya who was disqualified by the Returning Officer during scrutiny of nomination papers on 5th April allegedly on the ground that his election agent was a government servant. Following this, the Returning Officer N Chakhai had declared Congress candidate Kali Kumar Tongchangya the automatic winner.

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KK Tongchangya receiving his Certificate of Election after being elected uncontested from Fultuli constituency (Photo: By special arrangement)

With the High Court issuing a stay order, the win by KK Tongchangya has been stayed. Unless vacated by another order, the ‘stay’ means nomination papers of the MNF candidate will have to be scrunitised afresh and if found in order, the State Election Commission will have to conduct an election in Fultuli seat as well.

CADC goes to polls on 20th April and counting of votes will take place on 24th April.

 

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