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CEO says nothing illegal taking Nagaland University teachers for election duties
KOHIMA, May 26 (NEPS): Defending the action of Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer, Kohima in serving “show-cause” notices to Nagaland University teachers with regard to their absence in training for the election duty, State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Abjijit Sinha said teachers from the Nagaland University (NU) had been in election duties in the past and it was nothing illegal as the People’s Representation Act 1951.
Addressing a press conference here at the Conference Hall of Nagaland Commissioner’s Office on Saturday, the CEO, however, informed that six NU teachers had already been exempted from the election duties.
In may be mentioned that the Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Electoral Officer, Kohima on May 24 served “show cause” notices to 13 NU teachers after being found absent for training with regard to election duty and he sought a reply from them within a day.
The Central Executive Council of NU Teachers Association (NUTA) on Friday condemned the “show-cause notices” saying that it was illegal. It said the Central University teachers were exempted from election duties to protect the political rights of the teachers. It further condemned the misinterpretation of Section 159 of PR Act 1951 by the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Kohima saying that the “university teachers are not staff.”