|Petition seeking de-recognition of NDPP dismissed |
DIMAPUR, Feb 11 - In a major relief to the ruling Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) in Nagaland, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of registration of the party.
The complainant, Zeneisiilie Ate Loucii, first filed a petition with the EC on December 15, 2017, and filed another petition on May 8, 2018, seeking cancellation of registration of NDPP under section 29A of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951, alleging that a few members of the party had furnished false affidavits with the EC.
The ECI in its order, made available on Saturday, stated that it would be open to a person to give up membership of the party at any point of time.
The members in question having stated that they had already given up membership of NPF prior to taking up membership of NDPP, in such circumstances, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, the statement by the individual concerned about his status as regards membership in any party has to be presumed to be correct, the judgment read. In the absence of evidence to show that the members in question were also members of NPF on the above mentioned dates, the ECI said it does not see any basis to accept the contention about false affidavits.