The Election Commission has issued show cause to the Chairperson of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) Phidaloi Toi for alleged violation of the model code of conduct by participating in a recent election rally of the NPP legislator from Jowai Wailadmiki Shylla.
Toi has been asked to submit her reply within a period of two days.
A delegation of Congress leaders submitted a complaint before the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) FR Kharkongor on Tuesday demanding the immediate removal of Phidalia Toi as Chairperson of the Meghalaya State Commission for Women (MSCW) and to also disqualify Wailadmiki Shylla as a candidate of the NPP from Jowai.
Speaking to reporters, Kharkongor said, “We have taken cognizance of the complaint and I have entrusted my additional CEO in-charge MCMC who will in turn seek a report from the Deputy Commissioner of West Jaintia Hills district and verify the various points raised in the complaint.”
“On receipt of the report, necessary action will follow. If need be there will also be a show cause issued so that it is evenly balanced. We have to get from all sides, from the district administration we have to get the report, we have to get the reply from one being complained against,” he said.
He said,“We will then refer the report to the Election Commission, which will give us direction on what to do.”
The Congress in its complaint said in videos and a photograph shared with the media, the chairperson was seen walking hand in hand with the candidate in the streets of Jowai. She was seen standing with Shylla outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office at the time of filing his nomination papers.
Toi holds the position of a public servant after she was appointed as the chairperson of the commission in December, 2021.
As per the Meghalaya State Commission for Women Act, 2005 the chairperson, vice chairperson, members, officers and other employees of the Commission shall be deemed public servants with the meaning of Section 21 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 2 (C) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Phidalia has also violated the Representation of People Act of 1951.
“Toi has violated the Model code of Conduct by participating in the above election rally of an NPP candidate. Thereby we urge the Election Commission to take serious note of this offence and remove Toi from the position of chairperson immediately. The candidate should also be immediately disqualified,” the Congress said in the complaint.
On February 13, the Returning Officer of Jowai constituency had issued a show cause notice to Toi directing her to reply as to why action should not be proposed to be taken against you for this violation of the Meghalaya Services (Conduct) Rules, 2019.
“Your reply should be given to the undersigned within two days failing which action will be taken against you,” the RO said.