Presiding Officer, PET suspended in Kishtwar

ARIF MUNSHI. Dated: 4/19/2019 10:44:28 AM

MCC violation

KISHTWAR, Apr 18: District Election Officer (DEO) Kishtwar Angrez Singh Rana Thursday suspended a Presiding Officer of polling party No. 127 of polling station 194 Charosou of 52 -Inderwal assembly constituency namely Aghazahid Rehman for not performing his election duty with due care and responsibility besides suspended a Physical Education teacher namely Karnail Singh posted in Government High School Pochaal for violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC).
The order issued by DEO Kishtwar reads, “The photograph of ballot unit along with the name of candidates got viral on social media which was uploaded on facebook by Firdous Ahmed Bhawani, contesting candidate of 5 Udhampur Parliamentary constituency of Lok Sabha Election 2019.”
“The Nodal Officer for Model Code of Conduct and Law & Order (Additional District Development Commissioner Kishtwar) accordingly served a notice to Firdous Ahmed Bhawani contesting candidate of 5 Udhampur Parliamentary Constituency directing him to explain his position. In response to the same the contesting candidate submitted his reply wherein he stated that the said photograph of the ballot unit was found viral on social media and the same was shared by him on his group but he didn't disclose the name of the group,” the order read.
“In order to ascertain further as how and who has leaked the photograph of the ballot unit which got viral on social media, the DIO, NIC Kishtwar was directed to identify the Polling Station and the staff deployed in the said polling station. The DIO, NIC Kishtwar ascertained/ identified that the said photograph which got viral is of polling parties No 127 of Polling Station 194 Charosou of 52 -Inderwal Assembly constituency,” the order further read.
“Whereas, the Nodal Officer Model Code of Conduct and law & Order (ADDC Kishtwar) also enquired from Aghazahid Rehman Presiding Officer of Polling Party No:127 of Polling Station 191 Charosou of 52- Inderwal Assembly constituency telephonically regarding the matter wherein he was found guilty and reflected that he had not performed his election duty with due care and responsibility thereby committing offence under Section 127-A of the Representation of People Act-1951 and also violating the Model Code of Conduct which invites strict punitive action under rules,” the order added.
Acting tough against the erring official, DEO Kishtwar suspended Aghazahid Rehman, Presiding Officer, with immediate effect for not performing his election duty with due care and responsibility and was also removed him as Presiding Officer and appointed another Presiding Officer from reserved Polling staff in his place.
In another incident, wherein complaint was received that one Karnail Singh, Physical Education teacher presently posted at Government High School Pochhal uploaded his profile picture with tagline of BJP on his facebook account and also found campaigning secretly for the BJP candidate.
The Nodal officer MCC and law and Order (ADDC Kishtwar) directed the concern committee to conduct an enquiry and submit detail report regarding the matter.
After detailed enquiry, the said teacher was found guilty of violating Model Code of Conduct.
Acting tough against the gross violation of MCC, DEO suspended Physical Education teacher namely Karnail Singh with immediate effect.
DEO further warned all the officers/officials to be keen and pro active while performing their legitimate duties and also instructed them not to indulge in any kind of political activities and abide the Model Code of Conduct in letter and spirit otherwise stern action would be initiated against the erring officer/official.



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