Chief Electoral Officer FR Kharkongor has referred a complaint filed against cabinet minister Dasakhiatbha Lamare for allegedly distributing money to people of Nongkrem constituency to the East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner for necessary action since the model code of conduct is yet to be enforced in the state.
“I have taken cognizance of that complaint. Since right now the model code of conduct has not been enforced, a complaint has been forwarded to the deputy commissioner, who will in turn take action as per prevailing rules and laws…”Kharkongor told reporters.
The CEO informed that a complaint was filed by a group of citizens.
When asked, Kharkongor said, “As I said the model code of conduct is yet to be enforced in the state so right now it (the complaint) will fall under the prevailing laws of the land and the deputy commissioner is taking necessary action on the matter.”
“Once the model code of conduct kicks in then of course the rules of election laws and the MCC will be in operation,” he added.
On the Supreme Court’s order related to distribution of freebies, the CEO said,”…we are yet to get a clear instruction on the matter. As soon as we get clear instructions and clear cut instructions then we will be able to take stock of it and also take necessary steps.”
On October 24, Minister in-charge PWD (Building) and legislator from Mawhati, Dasakhiatbha Lamare had said that he doesn’t mind going to jail for helping the people of Nongkrem constituency from where he will be contesting in the up-coming 2023 Assembly elections.
Lamare was referring to a group of people who have filed complaints before the Election Commission of India (ECI) accusing him of distributing money to many families in the constituency while addressing an NPP meeting at Nongkrem
Lamare will be contesting against an Independent MLA from Nongkrem Lambor Mangiang in 2023.