Meghalaya: EC gives opposition VPP a show-cause notice for an MCC “violation.”

SHILLONG: The Voice of the People’s Party in Meghalaya has been served a show-cause notice by the Election Commission regarding alleged violations of the model code of conduct by its supporters. The supporters are accused of disturbing the ruling National People’s Party’s Lok Sabha election campaigns by yelling slogans during public meetings in multiple locations.

Following allegations by Ampareen Lyngdoh’s election agent that the opposition party was “spreading fake news” on social media, the Returning Officer of the Shillong parliamentary seat, SC Sadhu, also sent another warning to Ardent Basaiawmoit, the leader of the VPP.

By April 12, Basaiawmoit was to respond, explaining why, in accordance with the relevant rules of the model code of conduct, no action should be taken against his party.
The NPP filed a protest with the returning officer on Monday, claiming that members of the VPP had interrupted party election sessions in the Ri-Bhoi district.
While former MLA and NPP state working president Hamletson Dohling was addressing a meeting there, the VPP supporters reportedly yelled chants.
According to an official, an altercation between the two parties’ supporters and the NPP’s public gathering was broken up before the candidate’s address.
In the meantime, stones were thrown on Wednesday at the Umsning, Ri-Bhoi district home of NPP leader Magdalene S. Mawlong.
When a police squad arrived at Mawlong’s home—she is an elected member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council—they saw shattered glasses and stones on the floor, according to an officer.
He further said that a complaint had been filed at the Umiam Police Station.

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